by Farid Abbas
About 23 years after the Chinese embassy in Somalia was shut down due to a civil war, the embassy will be reopened.
In January 1991, Chinese diplomats left Somalia due to the instability and chaos in the country. A long-time dictator was overthrown and warlords turned on each other, leaving the nation in a state of unrest.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman for China, Hong Lei, said today that the decision to reopen the Chinese embassy resulted from Somalia’s action of establishing its first government and parliament, after 21 years. He said Beijing would send a delegation to Somalia on Tuesday.
Hong told newsmen: “Somalia has entered a new stage of its peace process,” which “brings a new opportunity for the development of China-Somalia relations.”