Norway is pleased to support this decision. We particularly welcome that the Council was able to respond in a swift and effective manner to the reasonable call by the Federal Government of Somalia, and the African Union Peace and Security Council, to extend Phase 1 of the ATMIS drawdown.
We also welcome the leadership demonstrated by the current Somali Government in all reform areas, including in the security sector and in the fight against Al Shabaab.
Adding to an already very difficult security situation, Somalia is facing serious challenges due to an unprecedented drought, exacerbated by climate change.
In addressing these challenges, Somalia deserves the Council’s strong and united support.
And based on their own priorities, we are hopeful that Somalia will continue to make progress on security, inclusive dialogue, and local reconciliation- as well as expansion of governance and service delivery in all parts of Somalia in 2023.
Finally, let me thank the United Kingdom as penholder for their excellent leadership on this file, and for conducting these negotiations in a transparent and inclusive manner.