Thursday, July 16, 2015

Special Coordinator Kaag Holds Discussions in Lebanon After Briefing to the Security Council

Beirut, Lebanon
Thursday, 16 July15
On her return from Security Council consultations in New York, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag discussed the latest developments in the country and the region with a wide range of Lebanese and international interlocutors in Lebanon.
Her meetings included the Prime Minister Tamam Salam, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, MP Michel Aoun, MP Walid Jumblat, Nader Hariri, Hizbullah officials, as well as the Ambassadors of Egypt, Iran and the United States. She also spoke to Dr. Samir Geagea and the Ambassador of France.
The Special Coordinator relayed the international community's continued commitment to preserve stability in Lebanon.  She also conveyed the message of the Security Council that the prolonged presidential vacancy remains a cause of concern, particularly as it undermines Lebanon's ability to address the security, economic and social challenges it faces.  She stressed that it is essential that Lebanon's institutions are able to function effectively to meet these challenges.