UN Envoy Arrives In Mogadishu, Assumes Office

The newly appointed UN envoy for Somalia Nicholas Haysom has arrived in Mogadishu on Wednesday October 2018 for the first time since he was appointed for the post.

Haysom, a South African national has officially started his duty last Monday following a handover ceremony in New York,

The plane carrying the envoy touched down at Adan Adan Adde International Airport shortly after 1 pm.

Somali government officials led by the Permanent Secretary of  Somali Foreign Minister, have welcomed Mr, Haysom at the airport.

Last week, in an interview with UN news, Mr, Haysom called on leaders of Somalia to work together and have some kind of unity of purpose in regards to governance issue.

The Envoy said the unity between the Federal and State Governments is vital for any meaningful progress in the Horn of the African nation.

“I think Somalia faces in the first instance a test of its ability to establish effective structures of governance,” said Haysom. “That includes some quite difficult hurdles including agreeing on a new constitution, modalities of elections and all of that will presuppose agreement between the moving parts which in this case is the federal government and the member states of Somalia on the nature of the federal framework they want to establish.”


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