Lebanon: Mogherini congratulates new government and reaffirms EU support
December 19, 2016
EU High Representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for announcing the members of the new Lebanese Council of Ministers. “The Lebanese people expect all political actors to continue working with the same constructive spirit and in an atmosphere of national unity that reaffirms Lebanon’s independence and sovereignty,” she said in a statement today.
“The next big step in this crucial transition phase for the country will be the holding of parliamentary elections,” stressed the High Representative adding that “the new government will have the task of ensuring a smooth and transparent process that strengthens further the democratic legitimacy of the country’s institutions.”
Mogherini underlined that the EU will continue to stand alongside Lebanon and that the EU and Lebanon will therefore continue to work closely together, in a spirit of true partnership, “towards a stable, safe and democratic Lebanon and towards peace, security and prosperity for the whole region, faced with the many serious challenges the Middle East is facing, notably in Syria.”