President Biden extends Somalia national emergency

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has extended a national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536 of April 12, 2010, with respect to Somalia.

“The situation with respect to Somalia continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536 with respect to Somalia,” Mr. Biden said in a letter to a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. 

Executive Order 13536 blocked property of certain persons contributing to the conflict in Somalia where terrorist attacks remain rampant.

In his letter to the Speaker and Senate President, Mr. Biden wrote: “Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Madam President:)

“Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536 of April 12, 2010, with respect to Somalia is to continue in effect beyond April 12, 2021.

“The situation with respect to Somalia continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.  Therefore, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13536 with respect to Somalia.                                Sincerely, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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