Mr. Annan will deliver remarks at the opening and closing sessions of the International Conference on Iraq, which is being co-hosted by the European Union and the United States in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday.He will also take part in a press conference, along with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyer Zubari and the conference’s co-hosts.On Thursday, he will attend a meeting at Principals’ Level in London of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – which are co-sponsors of the Road Map peace plan for the Middle East.The plan calls for parallel and reciprocal steps by Israel and the Palestinians leading to two States living in peace and security, originally targeted for the end of this year.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Sales of e-cigarettes are now valued at £283 million, up 12 per cent from £252 million in 2017. The study also found that 62 per cent of Britons want the vaping industry to be regulated, while more than half believe that vaping is addictive and 42 per cent think it is a gateway to smoking. Vaping is seen as increasingly “fashionable”, say consumer experts, as almost one in three 18-24 year olds now use the smoking substitute.The number of millennials using vapes has risen from 24 per cent in 2016 to the current 28 per cent, according to a survey of 2,219 UK adults by analysts Mintel.Meanwhile middle-aged Britons are taking up vaping at the fastest rate of any age group, with the practice jumping from 13 per cent to 20 per cent among 45 to 54 year olds in the same period.Mintel associate director for beauty and personal care, Roshida Khanom, said: “Over the last couple of years the proportion of vapers has increased with a particular rise in 45-54s, despite public concerns around vaping among young people.”This increase in vapers among middle-aged Brits may be reflective of them joining what they consider a fashionable trend.”Our previous research shows that 45-54s are the age group most likely to agree that vaping is fashionable.”One in five Britons vape, up from 17 per cent in 2016, with men twice as likely to vape as women.But only one per cent of non-smokers vape, according to the survey, suggesting that few non-smokers take up the devices.