New US ambassador to Somalia touches down in Mogadishu


MOGADISHU [SMN] – The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu is pleased to announce the arrival of Ambassador Larry E. André, Jr.  Ambassador André is a career diplomat with extensive experience on the African continent, including two previous ambassadorships in Djibouti and Mauritania.

He is keen to present his credentials to the Federal Government of Somalia.

Ambassador André is enthusiastic to begin work in Somalia.  He had responsibility for Somali affairs when he served as Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Nairobi from 2006 to 2008, representing the United States at international conferences on the Somalia peace process and regularly meeting with Somali leaders.

In 2007, Ambassador André set up the Somali Affairs Unit, which eventually became U.S. Mission Somalia.

Ambassador André arrives at a crucial time for Somalia’s federal elections.  He welcomes the commitment of Somalia’s leaders to complete the House of the People elections by February 25.

He is eager to work in partnership with the Somali people and their state and federal governments to advance our shared objective of Somalia’s revival as a secure, prosperous, and democratic nation.

Source: African Business


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