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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, meets the United Nations’ Special Envoy to Syria
26/09/2019

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Mr. Josep Borrell, held yesterday a meeting with the Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen with the occasion of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations that is being held in New York.

The Minister congratulated Mr. Pedersen for the agreement reached between the Syrian Government and the opposition on the formation of a constitutional committee, on which United Nations had been working for months.  Both expressed their confidence that the creation of this committee constitutes a first step to national reconciliation and to a political solution of a conflict that continues to be at the root of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.

Minister Borrell reminded that, last March, Spain had announced an 84 million contribution with the occasion of the Brussels III Conference and reiterated the need for the International Community to preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

The day before, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Valenzuela, had been present at a high-level meeting organised by the EU, which was attended by, among others, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries that have the highest number of Syrian refugees:  Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

 

 

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