Baird Meets Special Envoy for Somalia

May 14, 2013 - Nairobi, Kenya - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets Augustine Mahiga, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of Mission, United Nations Political Office for Somalia.

Baird used the occasion to announce that Canada is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Somalia. David Angell, Canada’s High Commissioner in Kenya, will also be accredited as ambassador to Somalia.

Baird and Special Representative Mahiga discussed the progress made by the Somali government over the last year. A more representative and accountable government is a critical step toward rebuilding Somalia. The country faces enormous challenges and will need the support of the international community for some time.

Canada will provide support in furtherance of Canadian interests and values.

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