US gives recognition to Somali govt. after over 2 decades
The United States has recognized Somalia's government for the first time in more than two decades.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement alongside Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, reports Fox News.
The US hadn't recognized a Somali government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. American intervention failed two years later after militants shot down two U.S. helicopters and killed 18 American servicemen.
Clinton said times have changed, citing the militant group Al-Shabab's retreat from every major Somali city. The US provided 780 million dollars to African forces to help that effort.
Recognition will help Somalia receive greater assistance from U.S. and international aid agencies.
Clinton also spoke about re-establishing an embassy in Somalia in future.