APRIL 20, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) France’s Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, currently on a state visit to Lebanon, on Monday inspected the French contingent operating within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, in the southern town of Deir Kifa, accompanied by a senior French delegation and French Ambassador Patrice Paoli.
Le Drian arrived to the said town aboard an international chopper, and was received by UNIFIL Commander, General Luciano Portolano and a brass of the international peacekeepers.
After his meeting with the officers and soldiers, the visiting Minister indicated that Lebanon’s security was not only important for the region, but also for Europe, underlining France’s siding with Lebanon and the importance of working to face terrorism.
“The presence of a French contingent in the south within the UNIFIL is a message for the peace in the region,” he said, highlighting the “historical” Lebanese-French-Saudi partnership.
SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON