The Countess of Wessex Visits Lebanon

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Wednesday, 12th June 2019

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visits Lebanon at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During the visit, The Countess will meet Syrian women, including refugees displaced to Lebanon by the Syrian conflict; women striving to meaningfully participate in peace-making efforts at a local and national level; and UK supported NGOs addressing sexual and gender based violence in the region. Her Royal Highness will hear how the UK is championing women’s engagement in peace and security issues in the region and recognise the ongoing humanitarian response to the Syria crisis from both the UK and Lebanon.

The Countess of Wessex announced her commitment to supporting the UK’s efforts in the Women, Peace and Security agenda (WPS), and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) earlier this year.

This is the first official Royal visit to Lebanon. The Countess will be accompanied by Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

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