US President Donald Trump has wished the people of Somalia “a joyous 58th anniversary of independence” as they celebrate more than half a century of freedom from European colonialist rule.
In a letter to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President Trump said it is in the “interest of both [Somalia and the US ] to build “a stable, peaceful, prosperous Somalia”.
“You will continue to have our support on this path,” Mr Trump told the Somali president.
“The United States looks forward to continuing its partnership with the people and government of Somalia to work toward a brighter future.”
In 2016, the US appointed its first ambassador to Somalia in 25 years.
In 1991, the US shut down its embassy in Mogadishu after a protracted civil war broke out in the Horn of Africa nation.