Since 1991 Somali has had no Ambassador from the United States. This move by the Obama administration will help the Government and the people of Somalia in getting involved in international politics 1st hand.
In a statement by a happy Somalia Government:
Ambassador Stephen M. Schwartz is the first Ambassador from the United States since 1991. His appointment is evidence of the further strengthening of bilateral relations between Somalia and the United States. It is also the clearest sign that Somalia has turned the corner towards stability and progress.
Somalia and the the United States enjoy historic bilateral relations. The Government and people of Somalia consider the American Government and people a true friend and ally who have stood by Somalia during the past periods of difficulty.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia seeks to strengthen bilateral ties with the USA further and enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.