Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a Media Availability with Mozambican Foreign Minister Verónica Macamo

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Maputo, Mozambique
January 26, 2023


AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD: Thank you very much, and good afternoon, everyone. Thank you all for being here. I just had a very good sit-down with Foreign Minister Macamo. We had an extraordinarily productive and wide-ranging discussion. And we reaffirmed our shared commitment to take on today’s most pressing challenges, including food insecurity, the climate crisis, and protracted conflicts.

On all of these issues and many more, Mozambique continues to be an invaluable regional leader. Its leadership is helping advance economic prosperity, health security, and stability throughout the region. But its leadership also extends across the world and to multilateral institutions like the United Nations. As I told the foreign minister, the United States looks forward to working closely with Mozambique during its first historic term on the UN Security Council.

This has been a great first day for me in Maputo. I started with a visit to the U.S. embassy to thank the team for all they do to advance the enduring relationship between the U.S. and Mozambique. And the best part of my day so far was I joined an environmental group working to protect coastal mangrove forests. This effort is a perfect example of how we can mitigate the worst consequences of climate change. And I was truly proud to play my small part to help preserve this natural treasure.

And finally, just before coming here I met with Neha Sanghrajka. She serves as the senior advisor to the UN Peace Secretariat and plays a critical role in building peace and security in this country. I’m looking forward to another productive day tomorrow, and having more meetings with government officials, UN officials, and civil society.

Thank you very much, and I look forward to engaging with you over the course of my visit.