Somalia: UN chief arrives in the capital Mogadishu


MOGADISHU, Somalia- A high-level delegate led by the new UN Secretary General António Guterres have arrived to the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Tuesday on first visit to Somalia since his appointment, Garowe Online reports.

Guterres was warmly welcomed at Aden International Airport by government officials and the outgoing Foreign Affairs Minister Abdisalam Hadliye. He later was escorted to Villa Somalia and met with the Somali President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo.

UN chief Guterres arrives in Mogadishu on his first trip since he took office in January in solidarity with Somali people hit by a biting drought which is now on the brink of another possible famine similar to 2011.

Speaking at a joint press conference with President Farmajo at the Presidential palace in Mogadishu, Guterres has urged international partners for immediate humanitarian relief to those affected by the drought in Somalia.

UN chief and Somalia's newly elected President Farmajo are expected to visit Baidoa town, the regional capital of Bay region to assess the scale of the humanitarian crisis.

On Monday, UN relief chief Stephen O'Brien landed in Mogadishu to boost famine relief efforts aimed to help 5.5 Million people in Somalia who are currently in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance.


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