Somalia to reopen embassies

The Somali Cabinet has voted to re-open the country’s embassies closed in 2014.
The embassies were closed on July 24, 2014, following a decision by the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed.
A Thursday Cabinet meeting in Mogadishu, chaired by the deputy Premier, Mr Mohamed Omar Arte, endorsed a proposal to reopen the Somali embassies.
The ministers indicated that Somali nationals needed the services provided by the embassies.
Desperate need
“As of today, the Cabinet revokes the decision reached by the previous government on 26th of July 2014 that instructed reduction of the Somali embassies around the world,” read the statement issued at the end of the ministers’ meeting.
It added: “We had to review the closure of the embassies, seeing desperate need by the Somali nationals for diplomatic services.”
The embassies closed in 2014 included South Sudan, Libya, Rwanda, Burundi, Germany, Tanzania, Syria, England and Malaysia.Somalia reopened its embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday after 24 years.
Diplomatic relations
The ceremony was attended by the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ms Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Somalia’s Foreign minister Abdisalam Hadliye Omar.
When Somalia’s dictatorial regime of General Mohamed Siad Barre collapsed in January 1991, all state institutions, including the foreign representations, ceased to deliver services.
The Horn of Africa country was gradually restoring diplomatic relations with other countries.
The last foreign diplomat to present her credentials to Mogadishu was the new Indian ambassador, Ms Suchitra Durai, on November 14.