Friday, March 29, 2024

Italian PM Visits UNIFIL Personnel in Lebanon


Lebanon’s Commitment to Implementing International Resolutions

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati of Lebanon recently met with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in Beirut, where he reaffirmed Lebanon’s commitment to fully implementing all international resolutions, particularly UN Resolution 1701. This resolution, approved in 2006, aimed to resolve the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. Mikati also emphasized the importance of Israel fully implementing these resolutions and ceasing its attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty.

Italian Prime Minister Meloni’s visit to Lebanon included an inspection of the Italian contingent at the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Chamaa village. The Italian contingent is one of the largest military units within UNIFIL in southern Lebanon. Meloni’s visit coincided with heightened tensions in southern Lebanon due to recent military developments, with sirens sounding twice at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura during her visit.

During his talks with Meloni, Mikati reiterated Lebanon’s commitment to implementing all international resolutions related to the region, particularly UN Resolution 1701. He stressed that Israel must also adhere to these resolutions and halt its attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty. Both parties expressed satisfaction with UN Security Council Resolution 2728, which called for a ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan, with hopes for a lasting ceasefire.

Meloni’s visit to Beirut occurred amidst a violent escalation by Israel, prompting the White House to urge both Lebanon and Israel to prioritize restoring calm along the border. The death toll from Israeli airstrikes in southern Lebanon rose to 16, including militants and members of paramedic groups. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ethan Goldrich also visited Beirut to emphasize the need for diplomatic initiatives to restore stability in the region.

Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib assured the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon of Lebanon’s continued efforts to fully implement Resolution 1701 as a means to achieve stability. This resolution includes provisions for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and the disarmament of armed groups, including Hezbollah.

In response to Israeli attacks, Hezbollah targeted Israeli settlements with missile and artillery fire. The Israeli army announced its readiness to act on the Lebanese border, raising concerns about further escalations in the region.

The recent events highlight the ongoing challenges faced by Lebanon in maintaining stability and implementing international resolutions. The commitment of Lebanese leaders to upholding these resolutions is crucial for peace and security in the region. As tensions persist, diplomatic efforts and dialogue remain essential to prevent further violence and promote lasting peace.

In conclusion, Lebanon’s dedication to implementing international resolutions, such as UN Resolution 1701, is vital for regional stability. The recent visit of Italian Prime Minister Meloni and discussions with Lebanese leaders underscore the importance of upholding these resolutions to prevent further conflict and promote peace in the region.

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