COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The president of Somalia plans a visit to Columbus, home to the country's second-largest population of Somali immigrants.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (hah-SAHN' shaykh moh-HAH'-muhd) was elected in 2012 and in January the U.S. recognized his government, the first such recognition in more than 20 years.
Mohamud was scheduled to deliver a speech at Ohio State University Monday morning to a crowd expected to contain many members of the city's Somali community, the second largest in the country after Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed Mohamud to Washington Friday.
A previous president of Somali visited the city in 2009 as part of a tour of cities with large Somali populations.
Somali was without a functioning government for two decades after warlords toppled the country's longtime dictator in 1991.