The United States has renewed a "permanent diplomatic presence" in Somalia, the State Department said, nearly 30 years after the U.S. embassy was closed as a civil war raged in the Horn of Africa country.
Somalia has been trying to recover from the conflict that engulfed the country in 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator and then turned on each other.
"This historic event reflects Somalia's progress in recent years and is another step forward in formalizing U.S. diplomatic engagement in Mogadishu," the State Department said in a statement late on Tuesday.
In September, the World Bank approved $80 million in grants to Somalia to fund public finance reforms, the first disbursement to the country in 30 years.
The United States carries out periodic air strikes in Somalia in support of the U.N.-backed government and its fight against al-Shabaab.
The militant group withdrew from Mogadishu in 2011, but it retains a strong presence in areas outside the capital.
(With inputs from agencies.)