UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag visits Paris
The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ms. Sigrid Kaag, yesterday met with French Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault and other senior officials from the Foreign Ministry and Quai d'Orsay in Paris. Discussions focused on the need for continued coordinated international support for Lebanon to address the multiple challenges the country faces, particularly those arising from the impact of the conflict in neighboring Syria. The Special Coordinator commended the long-standing engagement of the Government of France in support of Lebanon. The discussions with the Foreign Minister also addressed the political situation in Lebanon and the urgent need for all parties to facilitate the functioning of State institutions and delivery of public services – as well as to resolve the prolonged presidential vacuum, which has impaired Lebanon’s ability to address the security, economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing the country.
While reiterating the UN’s strong support for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon, Special Coordinator Kaag underscored the crucial role played by the Lebanese Armed Forces and security forces in extending and sustaining the authority of the State and supporting the country’s stability. The visit to Paris is part of the Special Coordinator’s ongoing consultations with regional and international stakeholders.