Lebanon: UNIFIL Sector West meets local authorities

(To Greater Defense)

The command of the west sector of UNIFIL in recent days organized a meeting at the "Millevoi" base in Shama, during which the head of the mission and commander of the UNIFIL Forces, Major General Aroldo Lazaro, met the local civil, military and religious authorities belonging to the area of responsibility under Italian guidance.

To do the honors of the house the commander of west sector, Brigadier General Massimiliano Stecca, who welcomed the guests including the Qaemaqam of Tire, Mohammed Alì Jaffal and of Bint Jubayl, Charbel Al-Alam, as well as the president of the Municipality of Tire, Hassan Mohammed Dibouq, and the representative of that by Tibnin Ali Fawaz.

Among the religious authorities intervened on behalf of the mufti Schita, the sheikh Rabih Kobeissi, for the archbishop Melkita ser Elie Bshara Hadad, father Marius and the Maronite archbishop ser Charbel Abdallah.

The meeting, held in full compliance with the rules for the containment of COVID-19, gave the commander of the UNIFIL Mission the opportunity to make direct acquaintance with the major representatives of Local Institutions.

The meeting strengthens relations between UNIFIL and the public and religious institutions of Southern Lebanon which, synergistically, continue to work to ensure that UN Resolution 1701 is applied and respected.

The Italian mission in Lebanon is currently led by the "Pozzuolo del Friuli" cavalry brigade, in its sixth term in the "Land of the Cedars" with the colors of the United Nations, and is responsible for west sector of UNIFIL in which 3800 UN peacekeepers operate from 16 of the 46 contributing countries to the UN mission and of which about 1.000 Italian soldiers are part of.

The Italian Blue Helmets operate in Lebanon with impartiality and transparency, close to the Blue Line (blue line), demarcation line with Israel, to ensure stability in the area for over 15 years, monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and providing support to the local population.