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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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