Speech by Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament plenary debate on the situation in the broader Middle East region, including the crises in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon
November 29, 2019
Here are some excerpts of Federica Mogherini’s speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on the situation in the broader Middle East region:
Let me say a few words on Lebanon, where protests have led to the Prime Minister’s resignation. Lebanon is a very special partner for the European Union – and it holds a very special place in our heart.
Today the people of Lebanon are asking for good governance, good governance and good governance, beyond sectarian lines. This is truly inspiring, as Lebanon society often is. It is urgent to address the demands of the Lebanese people, while preserving the peace and the stability that Lebanon has so hardly achieved in all these years.
This calls first and foremost for the swift formation of a functioning government to ensure political and economic stability, followed by the rapid and decisive implementation of effective reforms on governance and corruption, in line with the Lebanese people’s aspirations.
This moment can become somehow an opportunity to deliver the reforms that Lebanon so urgently needs, while at the same time preserving the country’s stability and resilience.
Let me add one word on something that is not our focus specifically tonight but is still there. Let us not forget that the whole Middle East remains an incredibly fragile place.
Each of these countries [Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq] will have to find its own way to overcome their current difficulties. Nobody can do it for them. But the European Union will continue to support dialogue and accompany reforms.
It is one of the regions that is closest to us, I often say it is our common region, and the European Union will continue to engage as a reliable partner and as a force for peace in the Middle East.