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Somalia's government has restarted its postal system for first time in over 20 years. Fighting and wars in Somalia over past two decades stopped all mail deliveries. postal service collapsed in 1991. Somalia is now enjoying more peaceful time, so postal service is returning. The new service also sees introduction of nationwide postcodes. This will be first for Somalia. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, told the BBC that he was very excited about return of the postal system. He said that at first, Somalis would be able to receive letters from abroad. He said next step would be for people to post letters to other countries.

The return of postal service is just one example of Somalia getting back to normal after its long period of trouble. Another recent example is introduction of cash machine ( ATM) at a luxury hotel in capital city Mogadishu. It is the first time Somalia has ever had an ATM. The hotel's manager said he has seen few people using new machine. He said: "Most of the customers are not aware there is an ATM in Somalia." He explained that: "Most local residents don't have debit credit or a credit card to use the ATM." Another example of Somalia returning to normal is reopening of the Chinese embassy for the first time in 23 years. Somalia's president said China was important partner.

 
 

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