Arrival of U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Donald Y. Yamamoto

The United States is pleased to announce the arrival of the Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto to head the United States Mission to the Federal Republic of Somalia.  Ambassador Yamamoto is one of the highest-level U.S. ambassadors on the African continent, a symbol of the significance that the United States places on our relationship with the ...
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United States Supports Somali Girls’ Transformation through Education

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve access to quality education for Somali young women and girls.  The United States is contributing $5 million to DFID’s already existing $33.7 million Girls’ Education Challenge – Transition (GEC-T) program, a ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Somalia

November 10, 2018 Location: Mogadishu, Somalia Event: The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and office buildings.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other public and private locations. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify ...
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United States Condemns November 9 Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

The United States condemns the November 9 terrorist attack on the Sahafi Hotel in Mogadishu and sends condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wounded. We commend the swift response of the Somali security forces that quickly ended the attack and restored order. The United States remains a committed partner with the ...
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United States Stands with Somalis on Anniversary of October 14 Attack

 The United States stands with the people and government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to commemorate the victims of the horrific October 14, 2017 terrorist attack in Mogadishu that killed 587 innocent Somali citizens and injured hundreds more.  We continue to extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and ...
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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Location: Mogadishu International Airport (MIA), Mogadishu citywide Event: As of early October, al-Shabaab allegedly planned to target Mogadishu International Airport with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) due to the presence of unspecified embassies and private companies located on the compound. Actions to Take: Avoid the area Monitor local media for updates Be aware of your ...
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Message from U.S. Mission to Somalia Chargé d’Affaires Martin Dale on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

On behalf of United States Mission to Somalia, I would like to wish Somalis in Somalia and across the world a happy Eid al-Adha. As Muslims across the world, including the United States, return home from the annual Hajj pilgrimage, we reflect on values such as sacrifice and charity, and recommit ourselves to help those ...
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United States Proud to Support the Mogadishu Book Fair

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has sponsored the Mogadishu Book Fair (#MBF2018) for three years in a row in support of a Somali-driven campaign for literacy.  This year, the fair took place in the heart of Mogadishu, August 15-17, bringing together thousands of children, youth, and families to listen and engage with ...
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Somalia: Travel Advisory Remains Level 4 – Do Not Travel

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Somalia on July 9, 2018.  The Department continues to advise travelers to not travel to Somalia.  This replaces the previous Travel Advisory issued on January 10, 2018. The full text of the new Travel Advisory is as follows: Somalia – Level 4: Do Not Travel Do ...
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United States Condemns Terrorist Attack on Ministries of Interior and Internal Security

The United States condemns the July 7 terrorist attack on the Ministries of Interior and Internal Security in Mogadishu and sends condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wounded. We commend the response of the Somali security forces that quickly ended the attack and restored order. Al-Shabaab’s attacks on Somali civilians striving ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the entire United States Mission to Somalia, the Chargé d’Affaires extends to all Somalis in Somalia and around the world best wishes on the joyful occasion of Eid al-Fitr.  At the conclusion of Ramadan, a month of refection and fasting, this day of celebration offers the opportunity to reflect on our shared ...
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Chargé d’Affairs Extends Condolences on the Death of United States Military Service Member

On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission to Somalia, the Chargé d’Affairs extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the United States military service member killed in Somalia on June 8. The U.S. military works closely with Somali military and security forces and other African colleagues to bring stability to Somalia, and ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (May 4, 2018)

Upcoming Relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel Location: Mogadishu and Somalia, countrywide Event: Extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to target U.S. citizens. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. Actions to take: • ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel

Upcoming Relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel   Location: Mogadishu and Somalia, countrywide  Event:  Extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to target U.S. citizens. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues.   Actions to ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 6, 2018   United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the ...
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United States Condemns February 23 Mogadishu Car Bombings

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the February 23 double car bombings that killed and wounded many Somalis in Mogadishu. Once again, the terrorists showed their callousness in targeting innocent civilians on the streets of the capital. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed and wounded. We ...
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USAID signs landmark Development Objective Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the Federal Government of Somalia in Mogadishu

December 5, 2017, Mogadishu, Somalia- The Government of the United States, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a landmark Development Objective Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the Federal Government of Somalia in Mogadishu on December 5, 2017.  The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Ali Khayre, the Minister ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Travel to Mogadishu

Official personnel of the U.S. Mission to Somalia resumed travel to Mogadishu as of Wednesday, November 15, 2017. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Somalia, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Somalia.  The security situation in Somalia is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Somalia remains critical.  The ...
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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Specific Threat Information Against U.S. Citizens U.S. Mission to Somalia November 4, 2017

Due to specific threat information against U.S. personnel on the Mogadishu International Airport, the U.S. Mission to Somalia has directed its non-essential U.S. citizen employees to depart Mogadishu until further notice. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Somalia,< https://so.usmission.gov/travel-warning-01112017/ > the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Somalia. The security ...
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United States Salutes Media Representatives on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United States salutes representatives of the Somalia media who, despite continuing threats to their safety remain committed to provide news and information to the Somali people. This year, Somalia witnessed terror acts that left journalists dead or severely wounded, and we applaud those ...
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United States Condemns October 28 Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu

The United States condemns the October 28 terrorist attack in Mogadishu. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those injured and killed, particularly the families of government and security officials who perished in the attack. We commend the response of Somali security forces, which detained some of the terrorists and saved ...
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United States Condemns Mogadishu Terrorist Attacks

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the October 14 terrorist attacks that killed and injured scores of innocent Somalis in Mogadishu. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who perished and wish a speedy recovery to individuals injured in the blasts. The United States lauds the heroic response of the ...
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Statement from United States Mission to Somalia On International Day of Democracy

As the world marks the International Day of Democracy on September 15, the United States congratulates the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) for its continued progress towards a more inclusive democratic governance system and the peaceful transition to a new government in early 2017. The United States encourages the FGS to continue to enhance its ...
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United States Extends Condolences for Death of Journalist Abdullahi Osman

The United States extends condolences to the family of journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim, who succumbed to injuries sustained from an al–Shabaab terrorist attack on September 10 in Beledweyne.  Abdullahi worked for Jubbaland TV and Radio Codka Hiiraan. The United States condemns al–Shabaab and its indiscriminate attacks on the Somali people. We salute and encourage Somali ...
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Statement from the United States Mission to Somalia on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

The United States Mission to Somalia wishes Somalis everywhere a happy Eid al-Adha.  As Muslims from around the world, including the United States and Somalia, return home from the Hajj, we are reminded of the universal virtues of sacrifice from serving those who are less fortunate and gratitude for our own bounty. At the conclusion ...
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U.S. Commends FGS Efforts to Promote al-Shabaab Defections

Press Statement For Immediate Release                                                                                           August 16, 2017 The United States Commends the Federal Government of Somalia’s Efforts to Promote al-Shabaab Defections The United States commends the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia to facilitate the defections of former and current al-Shabaab members. The United States supports a Somali-led process of degrading ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 is submitted in compliance with Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2656f (the “Act”), which requires the Department of State to provide to Congress a full and complete annual report on terrorism for those countries and groups meeting the criteria of the Act. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously ...
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United States Ambassador Extends Condolences on the Death of U.S. Service Member

Press Statement For Immediate Release                                                                      May 6, 2017 United States Ambassador Extends Condolences on the Death of U.S. Service Member On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Somalia, I extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the United States military service member killed in Somalia on May 5. The service ...
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United States Expresses Condolences for Death of Minister Abbas Abdullahi

  The United States extends its heartfelt condolences to the families, colleagues, and friends of Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, Minister of Public Works and Reconstruction of the Federal Government of Somalia.  Minister Abdullahi was a victim of the high security tensions that continue to plague the population of the capital city of Mogadishu.  A former ...
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U.S. Welcomes Council of Ministers Announcement

The United States welcomes H.E. Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre’s announcement of the Council of Ministers and applauds the Prime Minister for his effort to create the government promptly to hasten the new administration’s ability to address the critical security and humanitarian challenges facing the country. We urge Parliament to move quickly to confirm the nominees. ...
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International Partners Disappointed by Somaliland Electoral Delays

International Partners Disappointed by Somaliland Electoral Delays Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are deeply disappointed by the Guurti’s decision to delay further Somaliland’s electoral cycle, unilaterally extending the government’s term beyond even the dates requested by government. The further postponement of the presidential election to ...
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Message from Secretary of State Tillerson to Somalia President Mohamed A. Mohamed

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States, I would like to congratulate you on your election as president of the Federal Government of Somalia.  I look forward to strengthening the relationship between our two governments. Your election marks an important milestone in Somalia’s ongoing transition to peace, stability, and prosperity.  You will find ...
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The United States Congratulates Somalia on the Conclusion of its Electoral Process

Statement by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson The United States congratulates the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process.  We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with him and a new government.  We ...
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Travel Warning

January 11, 2017 The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Somalia because of continuous activity by the al-Qaida affiliated terrorist group, al-Shabaab.  U.S. citizens should be aware of the threat of kidnapping in all parts of Somalia, including Somaliland and Puntland.  There is no U.S. embassy presence in Somalia.  This ...
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The United States Urges Momentum in Somalia’s Electoral Process

January 4, 2017 For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON The United States Urges Momentum in Somalia’s Electoral Process The United States welcomes the inauguration of Somalia’s new Federal Parliament and congratulates the people of Somalia on yet another step toward political stability.  Parliament must now prioritize transparency and timeliness in the election of Speakers ...
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United States Condemns Mogadishu Bombing

January 3, 2017 Press Statement For Immediate Release    The United States strongly condemns the January 2, terrorist attack near Mogadishu International Airport and the Peace Hotel that killed security personnel and innocent civilians. This attack is another attempt by terrorists to weaken Somalia as it works to conclude the ongoing electoral process.  The United States ...
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United States Supports Media Representatives on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

November 2, 2016 On the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the United States honors the men and women of the Somalia media who, despite threats of intimidation and violence, continue to provide news and information to the Somali people. Journalists working in Somalia face arrest, threats of violence, and at times, ...
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Joint Press Statement: Freedom of Expression

October 24, 2016 The United States of America, United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Denmark, Ethiopia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom urge the Federal Government of Somalia to promote and protect the universally recognized rights of freedom of expression and association, enshrined in the Provisional Constitution, and to investigate ...
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U.S. Statement on Galkayo Strike

October 11, 2016 The United States government is working closely with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), the Interim Galmudug Administration (IGA), and Puntland Administration officials to address concerns related to the September 28 collective self-defense strike by the United States in Galkayo. The United States is aware of reports of casualties in Galkayo and ...
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The United States Strongly Condemns the Assassination of Somali Journalist (September 29, 2016)

September 29, 2016 The United States strongly condemns the September 27 assassination of Somali journalist Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali in Mogadishu.  Mr. Ali worked for Radio Shabelle and Shabelle Media Network.  The United States extends sincere condolences to Mr. Ali’s family, friends and colleagues and salutes the courage of Somali journalists, who continue to struggle daily ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Puntland, Somalia

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Puntland, Somalia.  Today’s cowardly attacks targeting Puntland security forces, government officials, and civilians are another attempt by terrorists to weaken Somalia ahead of its historic scheduled political transition this autumn toward greater representation. We join international expressions of outrage against these brutal terrorist acts. The United States expresses our condolences to ...
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Mogadishu Book Fair

In a city rising from the ashes of a brutal civil war, the Mogadishu Book Fair – August 17 – 20, 2016 – exposed the ‘other’ side of Mogadishu. The Fair brought together authors, poets, academics, playwrights, motivational speakers and literary scholars from across the Somali region and all around the world. It showcased more ...
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Release of the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. Department of State submitted the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress on August 10, 2016. Now in its 18th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every ...
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United States Ambassador to Somalia Presents Letter of Credence to Minister of Foreign Affairs

The United States Ambassador to Somalia Stephen M. Schwartz presented a copy of his letter of credence from President Barack Obama to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Abdusalam Hadliyeh Omer on August 9, 2016, at a meeting in Mogadishu. The letter of credence formally designates Ambassador Schwartz to be President Obama’s personal representative in ...
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State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report

On July 28, 2016, the State Department released the 2016 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016 (Div. K, P.L.114-113) (“the Act”). The report found that 76 of 140 governments reviewed by the Department met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Eight governments ...
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Attack on Aden Abdulle Airport in Mogadishu

The United States strongly condemns the July 26 terrorist attack on Aden Abdulle Airport in Mogadishu. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the Somali people and United Nations and AMISOM personnel who were killed and injured in this barbarous attack.  The United States Mission to Somalia joins the expressions of outrage ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world who are celebrating the joyful occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, prayer, contemplation, and community service. At the same time, we are ...
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On the Occasion of Eid Al-Fitr

The United States Mission to Somalia joins the people of Somalia in a message of peace and hope during this most blessed time of Eid.  The month of Ramadan has been a time for families, communities, and friends to share the happiness of coming together in intense devotion, reflection, and service. Millions of Somalis all ...
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Somalia’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people and government of Somalia on your 56th Independence Day on July 1. The United States supports Somalia as it continues its progress towards building a stable, federal democracy. We remain confident that this year’s electoral process will be another step forward on ...
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Swearing-in of Stephen M. Schwartz as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia

RemarksAntony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of StateWashington, DC June 27, 2016 MR WALSH: Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. My name is Mark Walsh. I’m the deputy chief of protocol. It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Room for the – excuse me – for the swearing-in of Stephen ...
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The U.S. Mission to Somalia Strongly Condemns Assassination of Somali Journalist

The U.S. Mission to Somalia strongly condemns the June 5 assassination of Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu journalist Sagal Salad Osman in Mogadishu.  The United States extends sincere condolences to Ms. Osman’s family, friends, and colleagues and salutes the courage of Somali journalists, who, day in and day out, struggle to defend the inalienable ...
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2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegate from Somalia Announced

The United States Mission to Somalia is pleased to announce that Ahmed Ali Jama will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016, in Palo Alto, California. He will join more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in the entrepreneurship space. Ahmed will ...
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Country Reports on Terrorism 2015

Special Briefing Justin Siberell Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Press Briefing Room Washington, DC June 2, 2016 MR TONER: Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to the State Department. Today we’re joined by Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell, who will provide an overview of key aspects of the 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism and then take some questions from ...
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United States Concern Over Delays in Somalia’s Electoral Process

The United States is increasingly concerned about delays in the 2016 Somali electoral process. The Federal Government of Somalia, Somali parliament, and regional leaders have repeatedly voiced their commitment to hold an electoral process on schedule, in accordance with the Somali constitution and resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The continuing legitimacy of Somali ...
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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the women of today who lead, inspire, and work to ...
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Reminder to U.S. Citizens To Exercise Caution While Traveling During the Holidays

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 24, 2015 As we approach the holidays, the U.S. Department of State reminds U.S. citizens of our Worldwide Travel Alert , issued on November 23, and the continuing need to exercise caution during the holiday season. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive security messages ...
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The United States Commends Somali National Consultative Forum Declaration and Urges Final Agreement on Electoral Model by January 10

Press StatementMark C. Toner Washington, DC December 17, 2015 The United States commends Somalia’s National Consultative Forum for its efforts to reach consensus on an inclusive, transparent, and legitimate electoral process in 2016. We welcome the agreed principles in the Mogadishu Declaration as essential elements of a more inclusive and democratic electoral process than the ...
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Federal Republic of Somalia Re-opens Embassy in Washington

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield represented the United States at the historic re-opening of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Washington, D.C. on November 18.  His Excellency Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia Abdusalam Omer also attended the event hosted by Somali Ambassador to the United ...
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AFRICOM Commander Visits East African Partners

STUTTGART, Germany — The commander of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, finished a weeklong trip to Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda Dory Oct. 2. Dory and Rodriguez met with officials in each country to discuss how AFRICOM and the U.S. ...
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United States, Federal Government of Somalia, and Puntland State Sign $1 million Agreement to Support Puntland State Police Training

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government of Somalia and Puntland State to enhance cooperation on police training and countering terrorism.  The Memorandum of Understanding will provide up to $1 million to expand INL’s current police and counterterrorism assistance programs ...
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The United States Welcomes Interim Juba Administration Commitment to Political Inclusion

The United States welcomes the September 10 announcement by Interim Juba Administration (IJA) President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe committing to expand the IJA Assembly by ten members prior to his inauguration on September 12th.  The United States commends the constructive engagement of IJA President Madobe with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar ...
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Commencement of Operations by the United States Mission to Somalia

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 8, 2015 The Department of State is pleased to announce the commencement of operations by the United States Mission to Somalia. The new mission reflects a continuation of U.S. efforts to normalize the U.S.-Somalia bilateral relationship since recognizing the Federal Government of Somalia on January 17, ...
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Attack on AMISOM UPDF in Somalia

The United States strongly condemns the September 1 terrorist attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Forward Operating Base in Janaale, Lower Shabelle region. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the courageous Ugandan troops who were killed and injured. We commend Uganda for its longstanding commitment to ...
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Horn of Africa – Impact of the Yemen Crisis – the United States Provides an additional $6.1 Million to Support Humanitarian Response

The United States is pleased to announce more than $6 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the conflict in Yemen and seeking refuge in Djibouti and Somalia.  This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Yemen region in FY 2015 to date to nearly $81 million. This funding is ...
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United States Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty Expresses Condolences to the Families of Individuals Killed and Injured in Attacks

On behalf of the Government of United States and the American people, United States Special Representative for Somalia (SRS) James P. McAnultyexpresses his deepest condolences to the families of the Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers, Kenyan Defense Forces, and civilians killed by al-Shabaab militants during the August 22 attack on the SNA training camp in ...
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United States Congratulates the Government of Somalia and its People on their 55th Independence anniversary

United States Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty congratulates Somalia as it celebrates its 55th Independence Anniversary on July 1.  “On behalf of President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and the American people, I congratulate the government and people of Somalia on this special day,” said SRS McAnulty. SRS McAnulty commended Somalia’s government and ...
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United States Special Representative for Somalia wishes Somali Community ‘Ramadan Kareem’

The Special Representative of the United States of America for Somalia, James P. McAnulty, extends his best wishes to all Somali people as they begin to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a special month that provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for universal values.  It is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting ...
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International partners encourage Interim Juba Administration and Federal Government to resolve issues through dialogue and consultations

Mogadishu – The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the United States of America, and the United Kingdom welcome the progress made to date in the Juba state formation process. “We welcome the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and encourage the ...
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Remarks by James P. McAnulty U.S. Special Representative for Somalia Graduation Ceremony for ACOTA – AMISOM Force Headquarters Training Course o

Humanitarian Peace Support School Commandant Colonel Gitonga Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) Program Representative Colonel Don Zimmer Instructors, and Most importantly, Graduates All other protocols duly observed. Good morning. Thank you once again for inviting me to speak with you this morning.  I am pleased and honored to participate in this important graduation ...
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Remarks by U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty – Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Breakfast Residence of the U.S. Special Representative for Somalia Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, May 16, 2014 Good morning everyone. I am pleased and honored to host each of you at this breakfast meal and discussion at my residence.   You are most welcome. I would like to congratulate each of you ...
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U.S. Special Representative Condemns Attack on UN Staff in Garowe

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty condemns the despicable April 20 terrorist attack on United Nations staff, which included Children’s Fund personnel dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children and families in Somalia. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those killed and injured.  The ...
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International partners welcome the launch of conference towards the formation of interim central regions administration

Mogadishu – The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Ethiopia, Uganda and Turkey have welcomed the launch of the Adaado conference for the formation of an interim administration in the central regions. International partners commended the people of ...
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U.S. Special Representative Condemns Attack on Ministry of Education in Mogadishu

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty condemns the reprehensible April 14 attack on the Ministry of Education in Mogadishu and reaffirms the United States’ solidarity with the Federal Government of Somalia and its people against terrorist organization al-Shabaab.  We commend the timely response of the Somali and AMISOM security forces that saved many ...
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U.S. Special Representative Condemns Attack on Maka Al Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty condemns in the strongest terms terrorist organization al-Shabaab’s dishonorable March 28 attack on Maka Al Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu.  He extends his deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those killed in the attack, and best wishes for the complete recovery of those injured. Somalia is ...
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U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attack in Somalia

Press Statement Marie Harf Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 28, 2015 The United States strongly condemns al-Shabaab’s terrorist attack on the Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu yesterday. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims killed in the attack and our regrets to the ...
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Somali Investment Forum: Keynote Address Shari Berenbach – President & CEO U.S. African Development Foundation

Somali Investment Forum:  Keynote Address Shari Berenbach – President & CEO U.S. African Development Foundation Good morning everyone.  Particular thanks to: Brian Phipps – Deputy Special Representative for Somalia Manual Moses – Head East Africa, World Bank Group Lee Sorensen & Alexandria Wise from Shuraako Also, take this moment to introduce – Connie Newman and ...
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Remarks by James P. McAnulty U.S. Special Representative for Somalia Graduation Ceremony for ACOTA – AMISOM Force Headquarters Training Course o

Humanitarian Peace Support School Commandant Colonel Gitonga Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) Program Representative Colonel Don Zimmer Instructors, and Most importantly, Graduates All other protocols duly observed. Good morning. Thank you once again for inviting me to speak with you this morning.  I am pleased and honored to participate in this important graduation ...
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U.S. Special Representative Condemns Attack on Central Hotel in Mogadishu

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attack today on Central Hotel in Mogadishu. He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those injured or killed, and he expresses hope for a speedy and complete recovery of the wounded. The United States conveys its ...
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United States Welcomes the Confirmation of the New Council of Ministers

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia (SRS) James P. McAnulty welcomes the February 9 confirmation of the new Somali Council of Ministers (Cabinet) by the Federal Parliament of Somalia. “The United States of America applauds the efforts of all stakeholders to find compromise to end the political impasse and form a new government.  I urge all ...
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United States Welcomes the Announcement of the Nomination of a New Council of Ministers

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia (SRS) James P. McAnulty welcomes the January 28 announcement of the nomination of a new Council of Ministers (Cabinet). The United States commends the efforts of those who worked constructively to resolve the lengthy impasse in nominating Cabinet members, and now urges all stakeholders to expedite the process of forming ...
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Federal Government of Somalia Advances Its Commitment to Protecting and Preventing Use of Child Soldiers

Somali Minister of National Security Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Minister of Defense Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud signed the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Reception and Handover of Children Separated from Armed Groups at a ceremony in Mogadishu on February 13, reaffirming the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) commitment to protecting and preventing the use ...
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U.S. Special Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty Welcomes the Election of the President of the Federal State of Puntland

United States Special Representative for Somalia (SRS) James P. McAnulty welcomes the January 8 election of the President of the Federal State of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali.  SRS McAnulty extends his congratulations to President Ali and looks forward to working in close partnership with the new government of the Federal State of Puntland. The United ...
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