William Hague visits Somalia

BBC News, 2 February 2012

William Hague has called for renewed pressure against Islamist militants during the first visit to Somalia by a British foreign secretary for 20 years.

His arrival in the capital, Mogadishu signals the start of a major diplomatic push to restore stability in Somalia.

The British government is holding a conference in London on 23 February to try to find a political solution, and tackle piracy and extremism.

The first UK envoy for two decades has also been appointed.

Tight security
Mr Hague said a British embassy would be established in Mogadishu once the security situation allowed, and until then ambassador Matt Baugh would be based in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Suicide bombings and other attacks by Islamist militants make the city one of the most dangerous in the world.

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