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.