Obama nominates first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than 2 decades

Katherine Dhanani during her visit to the Barkas area in the old city of Hyderabad on Nov 30, 2010. [Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam]

Katherine Dhanani during her visit to the Barkas area in the old city of Hyderabad on Nov 30, 2010. [Photo: AFP/Noah Seelam]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated United States’ first ambassador to Somalia since the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu in 1993.

Katherine S. Dhanani, a long-time diplomat since 1990 who most recently was the deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy in Harare, will serve as the U.S. ambassador to Somalia. The U.S. Senate will have to confirm her nomination.

The new ambassador would work out of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi. “As security conditions permit, we look forward to increasing our diplomatic presence in Somalia and eventually reopening the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu,” the State Department said in a statement.

“This historic nomination signals the deepening relationship between the United States and Somalia,” the statement said. “It also allows us to mark the progress of the Somali people toward emerging from decades of conflict.”

The United States officially recognized Somalia’s government in January 2013 for the first time since 1991. Since the, the U.S. government has launched a new era of diplomatic relations with Somalia.

In 1993, the U.S. pulled its diplomats out of Mogadishu. Robert B. Oakley, who died Dec. 10, served as the last U.S. ambassador to Somalia between November 1992 and May 1993.

  • Vasant Moharir

    It is a good move on the part of the USA to re-establish diplomatic relations with Somalia which has faced many problems in the last few years. It is useful to reduce alienation of Somalia and to encourage it to develop democratic governance with friendly relations with neighbours It also depends upon the present regime in Somalia how it responds to this gesture. Somalia has undergone many ups and downs and drastic changes in governance system since its independence. It is high time that it provides its citizens peace and security so that development process can get started. Vasant Moharir

  • Azmi Sharon smith

    The new ambassador would work out of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

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