BEIRUT, SEPTEMBER 9 – The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte paid a quick visit to Beirut – following the missions of the Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini, and of the Deputy Foreign Minister, Emanuela Del Re – to reaffirm Italy’s interest in Lebanon and enhancing its solidarity after the devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital.
During the visit, the Prime Minister met the country’s political leaders: the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, with the President of Parliament, Nabih Berri, the outgoing premier, Hassan Diab, and his successor-designate, Mustapha Adib.
Following the emergency created by the August 4 explosion, the Italian Ministry of Defense dispatched over 500 soldiers, two ships with helicopters on board, a field hospital with specialized Army personnel of the same type that was deployed in Italy during the Covid emergency, and various equipment.
One of the objectives of Conte’s visit was to underline Italy’s contribution to the security of Lebanon with its participation in the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, as well as through the bilateral military mission Mibil. Before leaving Beirut, the Italian premier met General Stefano Del Col, the Head of Mission and Force Commander of the blue helmets deployed in Southern Lebanon.
During the meeting, Del Col updated Conte on the activities carried on by the peacekeepers whose mandate was recently extended by a unanimous vote of the Security Council. The Italian General later posted a photo of the meeting on Twitter: “Grateful for the visit of President Giuseppe Conte, for his assistance to Lebanon in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion and for support to Unifil with more that 1,000 peacekeepers including in Task Force ItalAir. I briefed him on UNIFIL work in ensuring continued stability since 2006″, said Del Col.