New UN envoy meets with President Mohamud and Prime Minister Barre

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamse Abdi Barre separately met with the acting UN envoy for Somalia, James Christopher Swan, in Mogadishu today.

President Mohamud and Swan discussed accelerating cooperation between the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations, particularly in the areas of humanitarian aid, peace, and security.

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“President Hassan Sheikh shared with Ambassador James Swan the government’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, economic development, and overall development of the country, expressing his wishes for Swan to effectively fulfill his new duties,” said a statement issued by the Somali Presidency.
Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Somalia (UNSOM) James Swan arrived in Mogadishu on Sunday to boost stabilization efforts.

Swan’s arrival comes after Somalia formally requested the UN to terminate the mandate of UNSOM in the country following a thorough consideration of its strategic priorities.