US envoy to UN to visit Turkey, Syria high on agenda


US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will visit Turkey to meet with top officials this week to discuss the "dire humanitarian needs in Syria," the U.S.-Turkey relationship and global challenges, the U.S. mission to the U.N. said Tuesday.

Thomas-Greenfield will visit Turkey from Wednesday to Friday to meet with senior Turkish officials, U.N. agencies, aid groups and Syrian refugees, said senior officials with the U.S. mission to the U.N.

The trip will "focus on the extensive support provided by the United Nations and its partner agencies to meet the dire humanitarian needs in Syria," it said in a statement. The envoy will also visit the Turkey-Syria border this week ahead of a likely showdown with Russia in the U.N. Security Council over the extension of a cross-border humanitarian aid operation.

Thomas-Greenfield will "convey the United States' strong support for humanitarian access into Syria and the U.S. commitment to the people of Syria," said one U.S. official.