BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – The European Union has expressed its support for the call by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, to reduce the sanctions imposed on some countries in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

“We discussed the need for sanctions not to impede urgent deliveries of medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus,” the European Union Commissioner for Foreign Policy ,Joseph Burrell, said after a meeting held Friday in Brussels for foreign ministers of member states of the bloc.

Burrell continued: “We are working on a joint statement in support of the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General. We will see if it gets the approval of the European Union member states.”

The European official expressed his hope that the declaration being prepared will receive sufficient support, pointing out that Europe believes that the sanctions contribute to exacerbating the dangers of the epidemic, especially in countries that are experiencing conflicts such as Syria, Libya and Yemen.

He explained: “In some countries, such as Syria, Yemen and Libya, the negative impact of the coronavirus can be escalated due to the conflicts taking place there, and for this reason we fully support the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General to coordinate a common global response to the pandemic, and we support his call for the immediate ceasefire throughout the world. ”

In the same context, the European official expressed his “satisfaction” at the low level of violence in some conflict areas, with the exception of Libya, which remains a source of concern for Europeans.

ALSO READ  Large convoy of Syrian Army reinforcements head to Daraa: video

Guterres has previously called on countries of the world, especially members of the “G-20” group, to abolish previously imposed sanctions on other countries to remove obstacles to efforts to combat the emerging corona virus.

Advertisements
Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.