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US Senator makes rare visit to Somalia

April 30, 2011

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MOGADISHU, Somalia—A U.S. Senate delegation visited northern Somalia on Saturday in a rare visit to the war-torn country.

The delegation, which was led by Sen. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, met with the president of Puntland in the town of Bossaso, the region's commercial hub.

The U.S. government has announced what it calls a two-track approach to Somalia. One track is continued support for the U.N.-backed government in Mogadishu, while reaching out to leaders in other parts of the country.

Somalia has been without a fully functioning central government since 1991.

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