Aoun Meets Del Col, Says UNIFIL Mandate Should Not Be Modified
President Michel Aoun has met at Baabda palace the newly appointed UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, to whom he maintained Lebanon's readiness to facilitate the peacekeepers' mission and the implementation of UN resolution 1701, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.
“Lebanon is 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 told Del Col.
Highlighting the importance of extending the 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.”
Highlighting the repetitive Israeli violations of international resolutions, Aoun said 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.