U.N. Security Council ambassadors met with Somalia’s president Wednesday under heavy security in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, the presidency said in a statement.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and top government officials met the U.N. envoys “to discuss progress in Somalia”, the presidency said in a statement.
The U.N.-mandated African Union force provided armed guards for the diplomats, as they visited their fortified base at Mogadishu airport.
Somalia’s hardline al Shebab Islamists are fighting to topple the internationally backed government.
The visit comes amid growing warnings of a humanitarian crisis, three years after more than 250,000 people, half of them children, died in a devastating famine.