U.S re-establishes permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

After 27 years the United States is re-establishing diplomatic ties with Somalia.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the move on Tuesday.

“This historic event reflects Somalia’s progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu,” the State Department said.

The permanent diplomatic presence comes five years after the U.S formally recognized Somalia’s new federal government.

The U.S government had previously based its diplomatic mission in the capital of neighboring Kenya.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry during a surprise 2015 visit to Somalia said the U.S. would begin the process of re-establishing a diplomatic presence.

New Ambassador Donald Yamamoto arrived at the U.S. mission last month.