U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after addressing reporters at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after addressing reporters at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Photo of the Week: U.S. Recognizes the Government of Somalia

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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On January 17, 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in Washington, D.C., and announced that the United States is recognizing the Government of Somalia for the first time since 1991. Secretary Clinton said, “Today is a milestone. It’s not the end of the journey but it’s an important milestone to that end.”

"Somalia’s transformation was achieved first and foremost by the people and leaders of Somalia, backed by strong, African-led support. We also want to thank the African Union, which deserves a great deal of credit for Somalia’s success," Secretary Clinton said. "The United States was proud to support this effort."

President Hassan Sheikh said, “Somalia is very grateful for the unwavering support from the United… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2013/01/202998.htm

Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks With President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud After Their Meeting

Remarks
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
January 17, 2013


SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to announce that for the first time since 1991, the United States is recognizing the Government of Somalia.

Now before I talk about what comes next for this partnership, it is worth taking a moment to remember how we got here and how far we have come together. When I entered the State Department in January 2009, al-Shabaab controlled most of Mogadishu and south and central Somalia. It looked at the time like it would even gain more territory. The people of Somalia had already endured many years of violence and isolation, and we wanted to change that. We wanted to work together, not only with the people of Somalia but with governments across the region, the international community, and other likeminded friends. MORE