Washington - President Barack Obama is clearing the way for the United States to provide arms to Somalia's government. It is part of a normalisation of relations between the US and Somalia.
Obama said in a memo on Monday that he is determined that providing defence equipment and services to Somalia will strengthen US security and promote peace.
The move does not provide new assistance to Somalia right away. But it lets Secretary of State John Kerry consider taking those steps in the future.
Somalia is trying to establish its first functional government after two decades of chaos since 1991. That is when warlords overthrew long serving dictator Siad Barre and then turned on one another.