Egypt to re-open embassy in Mogadishu

March 11, 2013

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Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Sunday (March 10th) said Egypt will re-open its embassy in Somalia, Daily News Egypt reported.

During a one-day official visit to Mogadishu, Amr said the decision was due to significant security improvements in Somalia and the political stability since the September 2012 presidential elections. Instead of an embassy in Somalia, Egypt had temporary headquarters in Nairobi.

"Through restoring the embassy to Mogadishu, Egypt aims to reinforce that it is a main partner to the Somali government as it faces all the challenges of the Somali people," the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Amr's visit was the first undertaken by an Egyptian ministerial official for more than 20 years. He was accompanied by a high profile diplomatic delegation, and was slated to hold talks with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, Defence Minister Abdihakim Haji Mohamud Fiqi and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

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