Italian PM Conte says government must unite to pursue reforms-paper

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart following their meeting at Palazzo Chigi on November 26, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 December 2019

Italian PM Conte says government must unite to pursue reforms-paper

  • Conte said his divided coalition government should put aside differences and work together to pursue reforms

MILAN: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday said in a newspaper interview his divided coalition government should put aside differences and work together to pursue reforms including a decisive income tax reform.

“The debate of the past few weeks has damaged us because it projected the image of a coalition where many people are looking to carve their own political space ... we must work together,” Conte told Corriere della Sera daily.

“Structural reforms which are ahead of us require team play ... I will ask everyone to embrace this attitude and demand a clear commitment from all of them.”


Lithuania designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Updated 48 min 52 sec ago

Lithuania designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

  • Lithuania FM says country received information from partners leading to decision
  • The country joins the US, Israel, Britain, Germany, and Arab League and Gulf Arab states in the decision

VILNIUS, Lithuania: Lithuania on Thursday designated the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group as a terrorist organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory.
“After receiving valuable information from our foreign partners, we can assume that Hezbollah is functioning on the principles of terrorist organization,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.
Linkevicius added, without elaborating, that some persons with the Iran-backed organization also pose threat to Lithuania’s national security.
Hezbollah emerged as a ragtag guerrilla group in the 1980s, funded by Iran to battle Israeli troops occupying southern Lebanon. A protracted guerrilla war, characterized by roadside bombs and sniper attacks, eventually forced Israel to withdraw in May 2000. With the exception of an inconclusive, monthlong war in 2006, the volatile frontier has largely remained calm.
The US and Israel, along with Britain, Germany, the Arab League and Gulf Arab states have also designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The European Union has only designated the group’s military wing as terrorist, in the aftermath of an attack on a tourist bus in Bulgaria in 2012.

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