FEBRUARY 25, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) “UNIFIL” Chief of Mission and Commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano met on Wednesday with representatives of local authorities and mayors, as well as Lebanese armed forces and internal security representatives in the Southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil.
Portolano seized the opportunity to express his gratitude to local leaders for their continued support, stressing “UNIFIL’s commitment to peace and security.”
In the wake of the meeting, Portolano said: “Today, I had a very positive and open discussion with local leaders in a friendly atmosphere. I would like to stress that the ongoing support and assistance with Lebanese authorities and religious leaders and communities are all invaluable in terms of support for UNIFIL, especially to continue our common endeavour to maintain peace and security in South Lebanon.”
He added: “The strong partnership with the Lebanese army and with locals is one of the main components to maintain stability in the region.”
SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon