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US, Somalia launch new era of diplomatic ties

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The United States and Somalia on Thursday launched a new era of diplomatic relations, as Washington recognized the African nation's government for the first time since 1991. 

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud following meetings at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2013. The US and Somalia on Thursday launched a new era of diplomatic relations, as Washington recognized the African nation's government for the first time since 1991.

"Today is a milestone. It is not the end of the journey, but it is an important milestone towards that end," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after talks with new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

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