On 5 June 2018, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary A. DiCarlo traveled to the Horn of Africa on her first official trip since taking up her duties in May. In Nairobi on 5 and 6 June, she met with Kenyan authorities to discuss the political and security challenges in the sub-region.
In Mogadishu, Somalia, on 7 June, Ms. DiCarlo got a close-up look at the support the United Nations provides to the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). In the Somali capital she met with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” of Somalia.
“Somalia is at a critical juncture,” she said following talks with the President. “Progress on the constitutional review could lead to a breakthrough. The unity of Somalis is essential to advance federalism, reduce violence, defeat extremism, tackle the humanitarian challenges and deliver real benefits to the population.”
In Mogadishu, Ms. DiCarlo also acknowledged the important role of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), commending its troops and police for their sacrifice and dedication to the security of the country.
On 8 June in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, USG DiCarlo met with the authorities of the country and discussed the developments in the greater Horn of Africa region. She also met with Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union, and discussed progress in the cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union on peace, security and development on the continent.