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US recognises Somali government after 20 years

18 January 2013 Last updated at 02:58 GMT

The United States has officially recognised the government of Somalia for the first time in more than 20 years.

The country descended into anarchy after warlords toppled a military dictatorship in 1991.

The US never formally severed diplomatic ties, but the announcement underscores support for the new government which was elected last year.

James Kelly reports.