After more than 2 decades, U.S. recognizes Somalia
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Thursday in Washington.
January 17th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

After more than 2 decades, U.S. recognizes Somalia

For the first time in more than two decades, the United States has granted official recognition to the Somali government in Mogadishu.

"There is still a long way to go and many challenges to confront, but we have seen a new foundation for that better future being laid," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday in a joint news conference with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who stood beaming at her side.

Clinton praised Somalia's actions in reducing the level of extremism since she took office in January 2009, when "(militant Islamist group) Al Shabaab controlled most of Mogadishu and south and central Somalia, and looked like it would gain more territory."

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Secretary of State Clinton runs the rapids of international politics beautifully.
    I hope to see her as our next President.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. chrissy

    Agreed @ Joey! She would make a fine POTUS but given her late health concerns i doubt she will even consider running.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    I wonder if they recognize the pirates, also?

    Hilary Clinton continues to deny she'll make a run for the WH in 2016.
    I hope she'll change her mind.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Which is it WALDO or WALDI?? Lmao

    January 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ronvan

    I hope that IF they are really "changing thier ways" that terrorists, priates, etc., will be "elminated" from the equation!

    January 18, 2013 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. the prophet

    Great now we recognize terrorists... Like Somalis

    January 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. the prophet

    Drive around this country and see decayed towns and communities including signs for sale of schools and churches its a shame while the Government neglects its own people

    January 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. The King...

    I see some ignorant comments,Americans people don't know what terrorists means they just saying like they hearing from media, pirates are not terrorists they protecting their oceans no government for 2 decades and they making money too,but al shabab are real terrorists and this president represents a Somalia not AL Qaeda, so we have to know who is friend and who is a real enemy,and America trying to help the new government and this trip for Somalian president is very important for him and his country, well he must work with USA so they can eliminate terrorists from Somalia...

    January 19, 2013 at 2:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

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