Somalia: Zappia meets UNSR Swan, riaffirms support to the country in transformative year

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NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 25 – James Swan, the UN Secretary General Representative for Somalia, met today the Italian Permament Representative to the UN, Mariangela Zappia. “A a solid partnership between the UN and Italy is crucial for security, economic and political prospects. 2020 can be a transformative year for Somalia”, the Italian mission said on Twitter, adding that Italy will continue to lend its support.

James Swan, an experienced diplomat with a long international career in the Government of the United States, was appointed Special Representative last May. He spent most of his career facing complex political transitions in African countries.  He was Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2013 to 2016, Special Representative of the United States for Somalia from 2011 to 2013, and Ambassador to Djibouti from 2008 to 2011.

In his earlier career, Mr. Swan served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs from 2006 to 2008, and Director of African Analysis in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2005 to 2006.  Prior to these, Mr. Swan held various assignments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Somalia, Cameroon, Nicaragua and Haiti. (@OnuItalia)