The Foreign Secretary and International Development Secretary have jointly commented on the situation in Eastern Ghouta
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, said:
The situation in Eastern Ghouta is heart-breaking. Asad’s regime, backed by Russia, is progressively laying waste to opposition-held areas. Tens of thousands of people have fled. And with no independent monitoring or provisions for civilian safety, those fleeing are vulnerable and at risk of mistreatment and abuse by the regime, including being detained, disappeared or separated from their families.
Appallingly we have seen this happen time and time again in the Syria conflict. Humanitarian and health workers, including the heroic White Helmets, report that the regime is deliberately targeting them. Those who support the regime in carrying out these atrocities and vile murders have lost their moral compass entirely.
Evacuations from the hell on earth that is Eastern Ghouta must be safe, voluntary, and independently monitored. Whether civilians choose to stay or leave, they must be protected against attack and have access to basic supplies to survive.
The security, safety and dignity of the population, including humanitarian and medical personnel, must be guaranteed at all stages. And the UN is ready to provide assistance to these people, whether they choose to stay or leave.
The regime and its backers must immediately implement UN Security Council Resolution 2401, allowing humanitarian agencies to provide the help that is so desperately needed and evacuate those who urgently need medical attention.
Greek National Day
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Greece on the 197th anniversary of your independence.
The United States and Greece share a commitment to freedom and liberty rooted in democratic values. We work together to promote regional stability and security, trade and investment, and the diversification of energy resources.
Our two nations maintain strong cultural and economic ties: Over the course of 2018, we will celebrate the strength of our bilateral relationship as the United States will be the Honored Country at the Thessaloniki International Fair, showcasing American technology, enterprise, and innovation. This year also marks the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Greece, which, as the U.S. government’s flagship educational exchange program, has facilitated academic and cultural linkages between our two countries for over 5,500 participants.
I wish all Greeks a joyous Independence Day celebration and look forward to the continuing expansion of the U.S.-Greece friendship.
The Prime Minister met with President Macron of France and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in Brussels
10 Downing Street
A Number 10 spokesman said:
Prime Minister Theresa May today met with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel on the fringes of the European Council in Brussels.
The Prime Minister provided the President and Chancellor with a detailed update on the investigation into the reckless use of a military nerve agent, of a type produced by Russia, on the streets of Salisbury.
She said there had been a positive identification of the chemical used as part of the Novichok group of nerve agents by our world leading scientists at Porton Down.
The Prime Minister also outlined our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations.
The UK, Germany and France reaffirmed that there is no plausible explanation other than that the Russian state was responsible.
The leaders agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions and agreed to remain in close contact in coming days.
On Iran, they reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA and agreed to hold further discussions in April.
The Fraud Advisory Panel have produced new resources to help you prevent, detect and respond to charity fraud
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