Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini condemned the attacks against the Lebanese army in the Arsal region and expressed her condolences to the families of the numerous victims.
“These attacks may have serious repercussions, not only on Lebanon’s security, but on that of the entire region”, Mogherini asserted. “We therefore renew our support for all the Lebanese political forces and encourage all efforts to preserve national unity, territorial integrity and national sovereignty in the face of the risk of sectarian deviations that have led to serious damage and suffering in Lebanon in the past”.
Italy, she insisted, “will continue to support the forces of stabilisation in that country that pivot on the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces and their reinforcement. We have long been committed to close collaboration with those forces, as the Rome conference of 17 June demonstrated. And we are also in the forefront with the UNIFIL mission, which is under Italian command and continues to play an essential role in the stabilisation of southern Lebanon”.