Somalia has reopened its embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad after it was shutdown 25 years ago. Somalia’s minister of Foreign Affairs Abdisalam Hadliye, the new ambassador of Somalia Khadija Mohamed, officials from the Iraqi ministry of Foreign Affairs and Parliament and foreign diplomats attended the flag-hoisting ceremony in Baghdad on Thursday.
‘’ We have opened our mission in Iraq and determined to foster the relations of the two countries,’’ said Abdisalam Hadliye.
At a launching ceremony at the new embassy compound in Baghdad, Somalia’s foreign minister Abdisalam Omer and his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi, cut the ribbon at the entrance to the embassy in presence of other diplomats. Somalia’s national anthem was also played at the ceremony as the blue Somali flag was raised at the new embassy which would handle Somalia’s diplomatic missions for Iraq and other Middle East countries.
Speaking at the ceremony, Somalia’s foreign minister Abdisalam Omer has described the embassy reopening as ‘magnificent’ moment, saying that the two countries have long shared warm relations before Somalia was plunged into decades of conflict in 1991.
Somalia’s new ambassador to Iraq Ms. Khadija Al-Makhsumi said the reopening of the embassy symbolizes Somalia’s efforts aimed at restoring the country’s diplomatic missions across the world. Somalia which is recovering from decades of war has been trying to make a diplomatic come back across the world for the past two years and restored normal diplomatic relations with numerous countries.
The new diplomatic exercise comes following the ouster of Islamist insurgents from the capital and surrounding regions, a development which allowed partner countries to start a diplomatic presence in the seaside capital, Mogadishu.