Irish President inspects UNIFIL contingent in southern Lebanon

APRIL 28, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Irish President, Michael D. Higgins, on Tuesday visited the village of Tayri in south Lebanon to inspect his country’s contingent operating within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Received by the contingent’s commander, colonel Kevin McCarthy, and a brass, Higgings saluted the Irish peacekeepers “for their sacrifices in favor of peace in south Lebanon.”

He later met with a number of local officials, whom he thanked for their support for his country’s soldiers.

He also planted a cedar tree in the backyard of the Irish contingent’s headquarters.

The Irish President moreover met, during his tour, with Minister of National Defense, Samir Moqbel, and UNIFIL Commander, General Luciano Portolano, to whom he confirmed his country’s commitment to the implementation of UN resolution 1701.