Somalia’s new ambassador to US presents credentials to Trump

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President Donald Trump received on Tuesday the Somali ambassador to the United States, Ali Sharif Ahmed, who handed over his credentials at the White House, Ax reports.

President Trump welcomed the new diplomat, wishing him success in his diplomatic mission in Washington DC. Ahmed has previously served as Somali envoy to France and Ethiopia respectively.

He becomes the fourth Somali Ambassador to the US since 2014. Replacing Ahmed Isse Awad who is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Awad had held the diplomatic post from 17th September 2015 to January 2018.

Ahmed’s appointment comes, at a time when the US is expanding its military presence in Somalia. With Trump administration dramatically stepped up counterinsurgency operations targeting Al-Shabab and ISIS militants.

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