The East African - - NEWS -

The year that US pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush or­dered 30,000 marines to de­ploy in So­ma­lia un­der the co­de­name Op­er­a­tion Re­store Hope was wel­comed into the White House and met with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, sig­nalling that Wash­ing­ton had for­mally recog­nised the Mo­gadishu gov­ern­ment.

Since then, the diplo­matic con­tacts be­tween the two coun­tries have been warm, but rather low key.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has now el­e­vated US in­ter­est in So­ma­lia, es­pe­cially with his or­der­ing of in­creased at­tacks on the bases of the Al Qaeda-linked Al-shabaab, soon af­ter tak­ing of­fice.

The new US am­bas­sador, Don­ald Y. Ya­mamoto, who pre­sented his cre­den­tials to Pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Ab­dul­lahi Far­majo last month, af­firmed that his mis­sion would op­er­ate from the So­mali cap­i­tal.

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