Phone Call Between Somali President and U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Sparks Diplomatic Dialogue

In a recent call, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed various topics, including combating terrorism and the future plans of the Somali government post-ATMIS forces. The conversation also touched on the security and stability of the Horn of Africa and the important role played by the United Nations Office in Somalia (UNSOM).

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed James Swan on May 14 to lead UNSOM. Swan, a seasoned diplomat with years of experience, previously served as the special representative for Somalia. His background includes roles such as deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs and director of African analysis in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Somalia is currently in talks with international partners regarding the withdrawal of ATMIS forces and the potential deployment of multinational troops in the country starting January 2025. The specifics of the new mission, including its name and the number of troops involved, are still being worked out.

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