Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Foreign Affairs Council: Minister for Foreign Affairs

Photo of David StantonDavid Stanton (Cork East, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I too want to be associated with the comments on the death of Saeb Erekat, a man of peace.

The Minister mentioned in his contribution a €35 billion contribution from the EU for vulnerable countries dealing with Covid. Will he give us more detail on that?

Will the Minister comment on the situation in Hungary?

I thank the Department for the comprehensive note on the Middle East. Will it send one on South Sudan? Will the Minister keep an eye on the situation there with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, moving away from the humanitarian protection of civilian sites that is being proposed? South Sudan is in a catastrophe of biblical proportions with locust plagues, floods, Covid and 1.6 million people displaced with 7.5 million people in need of assistance. Will the Minister ensure that the European Council keeps this on its agenda?

David Beasley, executive director of the UN World Food Programme, said Yemen is on the verge of famine with 80% of the 30 million people there in dire need of help. Will the Minister ensure that Europe keeps an eye on this? The issue in Yemen is caused by war and conflict. It is a proxy war between two powers in the region. Yemen has been described as the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today.

I join with the Minister's comments on Tigray in Ethiopia and how important that does not escalate. The Horn of Africa is an important region and it should not go very wrong.


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