United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
June 1, 2021
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Travel to Turkey
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Turkey June 2-4 to focus on the extensive support provided by the United Nations and its partner agencies to meet the dire humanitarian needs in Syria. The Ambassador will meet with senior Turkish officials to discuss opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Turkey relationship; work with our NATO ally to address global challenges; improve cooperation on Syria, including managing the refugee crisis; and recognize Turkey’s crucial role in the facilitation of cross-border assistance and work to welcome and provide refuge to millions of Syrian refugees. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will meet with a group of refugees to hear about their experiences first-hand, as well as hold meetings with NGO partners and United Nations agencies working to provide life-saving assistance to millions in Syria who otherwise have no access to desperately needed food and supplies.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s visit comes as the United States works with the United Nations, allies, and partners to reauthorize and expand the UN’s ability to provide humanitarian cross-border aid into Syria. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will emphasize the urgent need for additional crossings and stepped-up international assistance, as there is no viable alternative to alleviate the vast needs of vulnerable populations in northern Syria – needs that have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.