Diplomat looks forward to a fruitful cooperation with allies and partners
NEW YORK – New U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield arrived in New York and presented her credentials to the secretary-general, expressing hope for working with allies and partners to address the many challenges facing the world.
“The UN is the most important forum for bringing people and countries together, and I take that seriously as an American diplomat,” Thomas-Greenfield told reporters.
The diplomat arrived at the U.N. the day after Vice President Kamala Harris swore her in.
Thomas-Greenfield’s first month on the job could be a busy one, as the United States will take over the rotating presidency of the Security Council on March 1.
Thomas-Greenfield presented her credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres and told reporters she was enthusiastic about working at the United Nations after 35 years of diplomatic service.
“We clearly understand the hard work that needs to be done, from improving human rights and reforming the UN itself to resolving old and new conflicts around the world, and we look forward to working together with allies and partners to make that happen,” Thomas-Greenfield said. – After all, we are stronger when we work together.”
Guterres warmly welcomed Thomas-Greenfield, calling the United States “one of the pillars of the United Nations and international cooperation.”
“You are not only an outstanding diplomat but also a convinced citizen of the world,” he told the ambassador, noting her efforts to help refugees.
He then invited her for a private conversation.
Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky told reporters that a “red carpet” would be laid out in front of Thomas-Greenfield and that Moscow was ready to cooperate with President Joe Biden’s administration, but that it would not work without reciprocity.
“We look forward to interacting with it,” he said. – You can count on our most favorable attitude and most positive emotions toward her.”
Thomas-Greenfield is the fifth consecutive woman to represent the United States at the United Nations. President Joe Biden has also promoted her to Cabinet-level.
Thomas-Greenfield has a tough job ahead of her at the UN. The Trump administration has been cool to the organization and has stripped it of both financial and diplomatic support on several fronts.
President Joe Biden has pledged to reengage with the global community and embrace multilateralism.
The Senate approved the ambassador Tuesday by a vote of 78 to 20.