US envoy to Somalia meets Somalis in Minnesota

Hiiraan Xog, The newly appointed United States (U.S.) ambassador has met with Somalis living in Minnesota, a move aimed at improving his relationship with the Somali community.

Mr. Donald Yamamoto whose ambassadorial post was recently approved by U.S. Congress has started discussing with people from Horn of Africa Nation on Somalia’s issues.

In a statement, U.S. Mission Somalia said the ambassador held talks with Somali American students from the University of Minnesota and other local universities.

According to the statement, the Ambassador seeks to engage more Somali youth, particularly through social media.

Donald Yamamoto, a former US ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti was nominated in July this year to Mr. Stephen Michael Schwartz who has been serving the office since July 2016.

Mr. Yamamoto who will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to  Somalia was confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote, according to a statement dated 11th of October.

Last August, the Senate grilled Mr. Yamamoto over his performance in the previous appointments

Mr. Yamamoto, 64, previously served as the senior US diplomat for Somalia and Eritrea.

He also worked in an acting capacity as head of the State Department’s Africa bureau during the first Obama administration.

The United States which maintains a non-resident diplomatic mission in Nairobi for Somalia had restored its diplomatic mission in Somalia in 2014 for the first time since the “Black Hawk Down” incident 25 years ago.


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