NNA – President of the Republic Michel Aoun on Friday informed UN Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag that Lebanon was fully committed to the implementation of all the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
“Our country is fully aware of the dangers of any violation of this resolution,” Aoun said, accusing Israel of violating Lebanon’s airspace, occupying Lebanese lands, and committing acts that totally oppose UN resolutions.
The President went on to say that the Council of Ministers would ask for the extension of UNIFIL’s one-year term, stressing the importance of strengthening cooperation between the Lebanese army and the UN forces by increasing the capacities of the troops in South Lebanon and in its territorial waters.
He called on the United Nations and the international community to support the Lebanese army in its fight against terrorism, revealing that important steps are being taken to restore stability and security on the Lebanese-Syrian border, which is the victim of terrorist attacks.
The president also hoped that the international community would intensify its support for Lebanon so that it could continue its aid to Syrian displaced persons.
“We hope that their return to their country would be imminent with a peaceful solution to the crisis.”
In turn, Kaag relayed a message from UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to the Head of State.
She then gave Aoun a detailed briefing on the Security Council’s dicussions pertaining to the periodic report on the implementation of resolution 1701.
Kaag also revealed that the member states of the Security Council had made recommendations on the demarcation of maritime and land borders, especially those involving oil and gas issues, hoping that these dossiers will get the consent of the Lebanese state.
The UN official also mentioned the request that had been made to donor countries to grant more aid to Lebanon and reduce the burden of displaced Syrians.
On another level, President Aoun discussed with Britain’s ambassador, Hugo Shorter, the most recent security developments.
The diplomat told him about his country’s position concerning recent events on the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Maronite archbishop of Sidon, Maroun Ammar, extended an invitation to the Head of State to visit the summer episcopal seat in Beiteddine after the Mass that Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Rahi will celebrate at Saydet Al-Tallah Church in Deir el -Qamar on Sunday, August 6th, 2017.