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William Hague opens new British Embassy in Somalia

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has travelled to Somalia to open the new British Embassy in Mogadishu.

This will be the first time the UK has an Embassy in Somalia since 1991 when the Embassy was closed and the Ambassador and his staff evacuated.

This makes the UK the first EU country to re-open an Embassy in Somalia.

Mr Hague said: "Somalia has been through a dramatic shift over the last year but continues to face huge challenges.

"Today’s opening is testament both to the strength of the UK / Somalia bilateral relationship and to UK government’s commitment to work with the Federal Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict."