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War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit

US Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane as he arrives at the airport in Mogadishu on May 5, 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that war-torn Somalia was facing a better future, as he made a landmark visit as the most senior US official to visit since Washington’s doomed military intervention more than two decades ago. The top US diplomat spent just a few hours in the capital, Mogadishu, and did not venture out of the heavily-fortified airport, where he met Somalia’s internationally-backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake. “I visited Somalia today because your country is turning around,” Kerry said. Kerry’s visit was aimed at giving a diplomatic push to Somalia’s fragile government in their fight against Al-Qaeda’s Somalia branch, the Shebab.

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