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U.S. Formally Recognizes Somali Government For First Time In 20 Years

NPR | Jan. 17, 2013 3:10 p.m.

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Michele Kelemen

The U.S. formally recognized the Somali government for the first time in 20 years on Thursday when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahamud at the State Department. Hassan is the first permanent Somali president since 1991 and faces a daunting task of rebuilding a nation torn by conflict and Islamist insurgencies.

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