China said Monday it will re-open its embassy in Somalia 23 years after evacuating its diplomats as the East African nation plunged into civil war.
The decision came after Somalia established its first government and parliament in 21 years, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. He said Beijing would send a delegation to Somalia on Tuesday.
“Somalia has entered a new stage of its peace process,” Hong told reporters at a regular briefing. “That brings a new opportunity for the development of China-Somalia relations.”
Islamists shot dead three members of Somalia’s security forces in the capital on Sunday, police and witnesses said on the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month when insurgents had warned they would stage attacks.