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Updated On: Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Development Issues

USG’s First Trip to Somalia

Content by: South-South News

8 June 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — The new UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, concluded a visit to Somalia on June 7, her first field trip since her appointment to the position one month ago.

DiCarlo’s visit to Somalia is part of a regional tour of three countries in the East Africa region.

After meeting with the President, DiCarlo said, “I wanted to come to show how important Somalia is to the United Nations. It’s a high priority for the Secretary-General and for me.”

DiCarlo expressed satisfaction with the progress the country has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process.

She said, “I had a very good discussion with the President, and it is very clear Somalia has made a great deal of progress over the last decade,” adding that she had assured the President of the UN’s continued support to Somalia.

The Under-Secretary-General also met with senior UN officials and staff and held discussions with the senior leadership of the African Union Mission in Somalia.

On arrival in Mogadishu this morning, she was received by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Michael Keating, and the Federal Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Mukhtar Mahat Daud.

Ms. DiCarlo visited Nairobi earlier this week and met with senior officials of the Kenyan government. At the conclusion of her visit to Mogadishu, she left for the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, where she will hold discussions with the leadership of the African Union.

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