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    UN Security Council welcomes formation of Lebanon Government

    The U.N. Security Council called on all Lebanese parties Friday to implement a policy disassociating themselves from any external conflicts “as an important priority.

    Members of the United Nations Security Council welcomed the formation of the national unity Cabinet in Lebanon, and the appointment of four female ministers.

    In a statement issued on Friday night, the members encouraged the Lebanese authorities to deploy more efforts to guarantee the full and effective participation of women in politics.

    They noted to the importance of implementing the relevant Security Council resolutions and previous commitments that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that no weapons would exist except in the hands of the Lebanese state, stressing that the Lebanese army is the sole legitimate armed force for Lebanon, and that according to the Lebanese Constitution and the Taef Agreement.

    The Council also congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the Cabinet, reiterating its firm support to Lebanon’s stability, security, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence.

    The Council concluded by encouraging the Lebanese Cabinet to commit to its pledges to fighting corruption and strengthening the governance and accountability, including the management of public funds.

    Rival political groups had been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country’s first parliamentary elections in nine years. A breakthrough became possible after weeks of backroom deals as Lebanon’s economic woes mounted.

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