The members of the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon welcome today's agreement of a new electoral framework. The ISG sees this as a further step towards the reactivation of Lebanon's institutions of state and the normalisation of Lebanese political life, which will in turn be conducive to addressing pressing concerns of Lebanon's citizens, and to enhanced cooperation with the international community.
Italy continues to be in the forefront in carrying out mine clearance activities in Sudan alongside the UNMAS (United Nations Mine Action Service). The complete decontamination of Sudan’s Red Sea State from anti-personnel mines and other types of unexploded devices was announced in a flamboyant celebration in Port Sudan. The celebration was attended by a high-level delegation of the Sudanese Government led by the Assistant to the President Musa Mohammed Ahmed, the Governor of the Red Sea State and the Federal Deputy Minister of Defence.
“Through the Italian Cooperation service, we have arranged to contribute 400,000 euros to UNICEF in response to the dramatic humanitarian emergency in Niger, to provide food assistance to children,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano.
International partners (United Nations, African Union, European Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States) are closely following the developments in Galmudug. International partners were encouraged by the positive steps taken by the parties in the past few weeks to open dialogue aimed at achieving reconciliation, holding inclusive elections and establishing a broad-based administration which is critical for the legitimacy, improved security and viability of Galmudug State.
Joint statement of the International Support Group (ISG) for Lebanon
18 April 2017
The members of the ISG take note of the decision of President Michel Aoun of 12 April to adjourn the chamber for one month. They also take note of Speaker Nabih Berri’s announcement to convene the next session on 15 May.