NEW YORK, 20th December, 2016 (WAM) — The Security Council has welcomed the formation of a national unity Government in Lebanon, and congratulated Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his Cabinet.

In a press statement, they encouraged all of Lebanon’s political leaders to build on this momentum of national unity and to ensure Lebanon’s ability to address the pressing security, economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing the country.

The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of the holding of parliamentary elections by May 2017, in accordance with the Constitution, in order to sustain Lebanon’s democratic tradition.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that the preservation of Lebanon’s stability is essential to regional stability and security.

The members of the Security Council called on the international community, including international organisations, to ensure continued support to Lebanon in addressing the economic, security and humanitarian challenges facing the country.

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