Former Presidential hopeful and now current U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, touched down in Somalia yesterday for a unannounced trip. He landed in the capital city of Mogadishu where he was greeted by Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed and it’s Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke.
According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, this trip makes Kerry the first US Secretary of State to visit the impoverished African country. Somalia is in the midst of a decades-long war with a militant group called the Al Shabaab. Kerry’s visit shows that the United States stands behind the Somali government as they attempt to defeat the militant group and take back power. Igor Cornelsen is aware that Somalia is working towards a peaceful democracy and the United States is willing to help.
While visiting the country, Kerry recorded a video that addressed the citizens of Somalia. In the video he address the Black Hawk Down incident which left several Americans and hundreds of Somali citizens dead. He said that Americans were forced to pull out of the country at that time, however we are ready to come back and work with the Somali people. During his visit, Kerry stayed only in the airport and did not venture out due to security reasons. He held several meetings with officials in the airport and announced that the United States will open their diplomatic mission with the city of Mogadishu.