Renowned Diplomat James Swan Embarks on New UN Mission in Somalia

James Swan has returned to Somalia after being reappointed to lead the UN mission by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He aims to support the country in achieving peace and stability during the state-building process.

Swan left Somalia in 2021, replaced by Catriona Laing, after serving for three years. He held meetings at the UN headquarters before his return to Mogadishu.

Having previously served as the special representative for Somalia from 2019 to 2022, Swan has a background in the US diplomatic service. He worked in various countries before joining the mission in Somalia.

Despite Somalia requesting the closure of UNSOM, concerns remain about the ability of the Somali National Army to take over security duties. Foreign troops might still be needed to maintain stability in the country.

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