United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
January 29, 2023
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, is traveling to Mogadishu, Somalia today to review the humanitarian, economic, and security situation.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will meet with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to discuss the severe drought and food insecurity affecting Somalia and the greater Horn of Africa. They will also review a range of issues to include political reconciliation, continued threats from al-Shabaab, and the importance of developing security forces that can assume responsibility from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS).
The Ambassador will meet with senior ATMIS officials to receive a briefing on their efforts to transition security responsibilities to Somali security forces.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will also meet with UN humanitarian groups and NGOs to review U.S. and international support in response to the continued threat of famine in Somalia. They will discuss steps to improve the safety and security of local and international NGO community, who are risking their lives to deliver therapeutic feeding to remote communities in dangerous and difficult conditions due to al-Shabaab.
Lastly, she will give a speech on humanitarian efforts in Mogadishu. There are more than 8.3 million Somalis facing grave hunger and the United States is working to break the cycle of extreme hunger globally. The United States is the largest provider of humanitarian assistance to Somalia.