Sergey Lavrov meets with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar

On August 14, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with Libyan National Army Commander Khalifa Haftar, who is paying a working visit to Moscow.

During the talks, the parties in particular focused on the current military and political situation in Libya with an emphasis on the measures being taken to resolve the intra-Libyan crisis through mediation of the international community as well as under the auspices of the UN. In this context, the parties discussed prospects of the intra-Libyan settlement in light of the meeting between Khalifa Haftar and Chairman of the Presidential Council and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj, held on July 25 in a Parisian suburb.

Russia confirmed the importance of the continuation of the inclusive intra-Libyan dialogue involving members of all major political forces, tribes and regions of the country in order to reach mutually acceptable solutions and to ensure conditions for Libya’s sustainable development as a united, sovereign and independent state. It was also confirmed that Russia is ready to provide further assistance in promoting the political process, in contact with all Libyan parties.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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President Zuma Congratulates Team South Africa on Their Performance at the 2017 IAAF Championship

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Team South Africa, who won six medals during the IAAF World Championships 2017 held in London

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Team South Africa, who won six medals during the IAAF World Championships 2017 held in London, in the United Kingdom for their outstanding performance that earned South Africa a third place in the medals table of the championship.

“We wish to heartily congratulate our Team South Africa for their sterling performances on the tracks and a job well done at the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London,” said President Zuma.

“The country is extremely thrilled and proud of our athletes, in particular those who won the six medals, for this remarkable achievement and excellent performance that earned South Africa a third place in the medals table, trouncing the most advanced countries in the tournament,” the President added.

Team South Africa accomplished three gold medals through Mr Wayde van Niekerk who won in the men’s 400m race; Mr Luvo Manyonga who won in the men’s long jump and Ms Caster Semenya who won in the women’s 800m race last night.

Mr van Niekerk won South Africa’s only silver medal in the men’s 200m while Mr Ruswahl Samaai won a bronze medal in the men’s long jump and was joined by Ms Semenya who won a bronze medal in the women’s 1500m race.

President Zuma has further extended his sincere gratitude to all South Africans, technical teams and management of Team South Africa for their continued support to all South African athletes.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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South Sudan : World Humanitarian Day 2017 – Stand together event

 On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian organizations in Juba will stand together on Friday 18 August at 2:30 p.m. to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to the aid workers who help them.

WHO: Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for South Sudan and humanitarian community
WHAT: Stand together event
WHEN: Friday, 18 August 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: UN OCHA (near Seventh-day Adventist Church and Munuki/Gudele roundabout) Juba, South Sudan
On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, humanitarian organizations in Juba will stand together on Friday 18 August at 2:30 p.m. to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crisis and pay tribute to the aid workers who help them.
This year World Humanitarian Day advocates specifically for the protection of civilians and aid workers. At the “stand together” event, participants will reaffirm that civilians caught up in conflict and aid workers in South Sudan are #NotATarget, and demand action to protect them.
After the event, senior members of the humanitarian community will be available for interviews.
All media are invited to cover the event.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Burkina Fasa : Ouagadougou attack Aug 2017, UN statement

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel condemns terrorist attack of 13 August in Ouagadougou

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack, which took place on 13 August 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and resulted in at least 18 deaths, with several other people wounded.

SRSG Ibn Chambas expresses his deepest sympathy to the bereaved and the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Burkina Faso, and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

Mr. Ibn Chambas reiterates the full support of UNOWAS to the Government of Burkina Faso and other countries of the region in their fight against violent extremism and terrorism. He calls on the authorities to do their utmost to bring those responsible for this unjustifiable violence to justice promptly.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

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