Lebanese President Michel Aoun welcomed the newly appointed UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col to his Baabda palace on Thursday, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
According to the NNA report, Aoun assured the new UNIFIL commander that Lebanon is ready to facilitate the peacekeepers’ mission and the implementation of UN resolution 1701.
“Lebanon is fully ready to provide whatever helps the UNIFIL carry out its mission of preserving security and stability in the south, and implementing UN Security Council’s resolution 1701,” Aoun said to his guest.
Highlighting the importance of extending UNIFIL’s mandate during a U.N. Security Council session in New York later this month, Aoun stressed that the peacekeepers’ term and scope of operations should not be modified.
The President did not fail to shed light on the repetitive Israeli violations of international resolutions, maintaining that “Lebanon is looking forward for the contribution of the UNIFIL to putting an end to the breaches.”
For his part, Del Col highlighted the importance of coordination between the UNIFIL and the Lebanese army to preserve calm and security in the southern border region.