The US Mission to the UN has informed that the US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has postponed her plan to visit Turkey.
The American envoy to the United Nations will travel to Brussels on May 9 and 10 to lead the American delegation at a conference.
“US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s scheduled trip to Turkey on May 9 has been postponed,” the US mission said in a statement on Saturday, adding that “Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will continue to travel as scheduled for Brussels on May 9”. 10 to lead the United States delegation to the “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Brussels VI” conference, chaired by the European Union.
During his visit to Brussels, Thomas-Greenfield is likely to underscore America’s commitment to supporting Syrians, the statement said.
“On the sidelines of the Brussels VI Conference, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will host a ministerial meeting to discuss the future of international support for the Syrian political process and the importance of accountability for human rights violations and other abuses. She will also meet with NATO and EU officials in Brussels to discuss Ukraine and other shared transatlantic priorities,” the US mission said. The US mission announced on Friday that the US ambassador was to travel to Turkey via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing to learn about the UN’s humanitarian efforts in Syria.
Earlier, UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said the world must remain focused on finding a comprehensive political solution to the ongoing conflict in Syria. He mentioned that Syria is “a hot conflict, not frozen”, and that several threats are erupting due to the conflict, including the threat of terrorism, international attacks, airstrikes and intensified clashes in the northeast. “My message today is simple: focus on Syria,” Pedersen said, speaking from Geneva.