Somali Presidency and US Secretary of State Talk About Security and Future Plans

President Mohamud and Secretary Blinken talked about fighting terrorist groups and the Somali government’s plans after ATMIS forces leave, according to the Somali presidency. They also discussed the security of the Horn of Africa and the role of the United Nations Office in Somalia (UNSOM).

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, announced on May 14 that James Swan will take on a new role. Swan previously served as the special representative for Somalia and head of UNSOM from 2019 to 2022. He has had a long career in the U.S. diplomatic service.

Previously the deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Swan held the position from 2006 to 2008 and was the director of African analysis in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2005 to 2006.

Somalia is talking with international partners about deploying multinational troops for one year, starting in January 2025, regarding the withdrawal of ATMIS forces. The name of the new mission and the exact number of troops are still being decided.

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