Somalia reopened its embassy in the UK after 32 years in a ceremony attended by ambassador Abdulkadir Ahmed Kher, Olympic champion Mo Farah and Somali-Canadian model Sabrina Dhourey.
The embassy in London is expected to provide consular services to the nearly 500,000-strong diaspora community in the UK where Somalis are eligible for citizenship and other services including travel documents and marriage certificates.
It also organizes cultural and other informative programs.
Ambassador Kher said the reopening of the embassy was a positive step in strengthening UK-Somalia relations.
The Somali embassy in London was officially closed in 1991 after the fall of the central government. However, diplomatic relations have strengthened in recent years.
Britain reopened its embassy in Mogadishu in 2013 after a 22-year absence.
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