Security Council expresses concern over Somalia’s expulsion of UN envoy

Hiiraan Xog

Hiiraan Xog, The U.N. Security Council has expressed regret at the expulsion of U.N. envoy by Somali government over his remarks on the arrest of Former deputy leader of al -Shabaab.

Nicholas Haysom who took office three months ago had late last month addressed a letter to the country’s security ministry questioning the detention and subsequent transfer of Mukhtar Robow.

Following a closed-door discussion about Somalia’s move to expel Haysom, the council conveyed gratitude to the longtime U.N. official who declared persona non-grata by the Horn of the African nation.

Despite the concerns, the council pledged full cooperation between Somalia and the United Nations.

The development comes barely a day after UN Secretary-General announced UN’s plan to replace Haysom with new envoy as Somali leaders insisted their decision to declare the former envoy persona non-granta.

Somali ministry for Foreign Affairs accused Haysom of interfering in the internal matters and undermining the sovereignty of the nation.

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