The United Nations is looking into the expulsion of UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Haysom from Mogadishu, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
“We are looking into the matter, we are trying to get the various details corroborated, and we are going to see based on that what further steps are needed,” Haq told reporters.
On Tuesday, the Somali government asked the envoy to leave after the Foreign Ministry accused him of meddling in the country’s sovereign affairs and “blatantly violating protocols.
Haysom has held the post of UN special envoy for Somalia since September 2018.
Haq also said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemns the armed attacks against UN personnel in Somalia and urges local authorities to investigate the latest incident and bring those responsible to justice.
On Tuesday, gunmen fired mortar bombs into a UN compound in Mogadishu, wounding two UN staff members.