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

Posted by Luke Forgerson
January 18, 2013
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands With Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

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 States to the people of Somalia. U.S. is a major donor to Somalia, which include humanitarian assistance and help toward security. We both have common interests and common enemy, which we must redouble our efforts to bring peace and stability in Somalia.

"Somalia is emerging from a very long, difficult period, and we are now moving away from the chaos, instability, extremism, piracy, an era, to an era of peaceful and development. We are aiming to make a valuable contribution to the region and the world at large."

Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from the Secretary's official photographer, Michael Gross, and shows Secretary Clinton and President Hassan Sheikh shaking hands during this historic announcement. In recognizing President Hassan Sheikh's government as the Government of Somalia, the United States is committing to sustained diplomatic engagement with the Somali authorities.

In addition to meeting with Secretary Clinton, President Hassan Sheikh met with Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough, Deputy Administrator of USAID Donald Steinberg, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Miller, and a number of other U.S. government officials in Washington. Today, he will meet with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice. Read more about President Hassan Sheikh's visit to the United States.



Maryland, USA
January 19, 2013

Melissa in Maryland writes:

Now it's time to recognize Cuba.

South Korea
January 20, 2013

Palgye in South Korea writes:

I support France President.

Many hostages died. The failed operation.

Personally acquainted with the work is different.

January 22, 2013

Ali in Sweden writes:

First of all Somali is not recognized today nor yesterday,but 1969 apart from that,it is not a milestone.this new president is a man with words.

A man who denied hall nation who has power in Mogadisho,and want use the clan system and planing to make ministers only people from Beledweyn.

Somalian have been learning lessons,we will not accept more anything against humanity,no one will to tale us what to when to do,we are not slaves,USA want to give us a new government after what they have done in Somali,if the USA think they can give us the freedom and the peace in this day and age,no way,USA killed many young men children and women in 1993 and even after that,still innocent people are killed in Mogadisho everyday just to tale the world They are AL/shabab, The Alshabab was made,and this president is made also by the USA via Qadar and Ethiopia and so on.

I will inform here the new president full the people,but you will not full us all the time.

Bandir will be taken soon by the who belong to,you forget easy. are all other people ,and you think weapons are not hidden,you muste be silly.If the world want peace in Somalia the world must demand justice in Somalia especially in

Mogadisho, do not forget your Gabayre, he ended in fire,why was he killed? I did not ask you who killed,If my people do not get their rights you will never make a great leader so choose,you want this why then fine .the elders who represent me in Mogadisho they just take bribe from you,but how long? KARANLE


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