UN council regrets Somalia’s decision to expel envoy

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The UN Security Council on Saturday expressed regret after Somalia expelled a UN envoy but added that it expected “full cooperation” between Somalia and the United Nations.

The council released the unanimous statement after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday agreed to appoint a new UN envoy to replace Nicholas Haysom, who was declared persona non grata by the Mogadishu government on January 1.

Haysom, a South African lawyer and experienced diplomat, was ordered to leave after he questioned the government’s arrest of an Al-Shabaab defector who ran for election.

The British-drafted statement expressed “regret” for the decision and expressed full support for the UN mission to Somalia.

Council members reiterated “their expectation of full cooperation between…

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