Mikati meets Kaag over current juncture in southern Lebanon

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Former Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Monday met with United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Sigrid Kaag, over the current general situation in the country, especially in the South.

During the meeting, the former premier underlined that preserving stability in the South and cooperation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) constituted a priority for Lebanon and the Lebanese, “particularly amid the current regional and international difficult time.”

Mikati subsequently called the United Nations to mull the implementation of resolution 1701, and to compel Israel to cease its continuous violations of the Lebanese sovereignty.

He did not fail to express condolences on the death of a Spanish UNIFIL soldier in the South.

Peacekeeper Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, who had been serving in the UNIFIL since November 2014, was killed last week by an Israeli shell that hit his post near the Ghajar village, in the Israeli army’s response to a Hezbollah attack that killed and wounded many soldiers in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

“The meeting with Mr. Mikati was excellent and it came as part of my tour on the Lebanese political leaders,” Kaag said for her part.

“We discussed the current situation in Tripoli and the necessity to provide security and stability in the city, in addition to the necessity of political and economic stability nationwide, which increases job opportunities for the Lebanese,” she added.

“We also discussed the situation in southern Lebanon and we highlighted the necessity to cling to the implementation of UN resolution 1701, in preservation of security in Lebanon,” she concluded.

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon