Press releases

  • Outgoing Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano hands over the UN flag to Major-General Michael Beary.

    19 Jul 2016 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today underwent a transfer of command from Major-General Luciano Portolano (Italy) to Major-General Michael Beary (Ireland).
  • UNIFIL Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, review the guard of honour at UNIFIL’s headquarters in Naqoura.

    11 Jul 2016 - The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, visited the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Naqoura, south Lebanon, today. UNIFIL’s Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza received Mr. Ayrault at the UNIFIL base. The Minister was accompanied by a number of senior French officials including Ambassador Emmanuel Bonne.
  • 23 Jun 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, today chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN position at Ras Al Naqoura. It was the last meeting Major-General Portolano chaired since he took charge of UNIFIL in July 2014 and before his departure from the UN mission next month.
  • 17 Jun 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano continued his meetings with high-ranking Lebanese officials in Beirut today as part of his farewell call with the authorities. Today, Major-General Portolano called on, separately, the Lebanese Minister of Interior, Nohad El Machnouk, and the Director General of the General Security, Major-General Abbas Ibrahim.
  • 13 Jun 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano today paid farewell visits to a number of senior Lebanese officials including the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Tammam Salam, in the capital Beirut.
  • UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano salutes his fellow peacekeepers.

    30 May 2016 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, paying tribute to thousands of military and civilian personnel for their service of peace, in a ceremony held at its Naqoura Headquarters in southern Lebanon.
  • 13 May 2016 - The President of Italy, His Excellency Sergio Mattarella, today visited the Italian troops based in Sector West headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), in Shamaa in the southern part of the country.
  • 12 May 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, today met with Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander, General Jean Kahwaji, in Beirut.
  • UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano meets Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam.

    09 May 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, today called on Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Defense Samir Mokbel in Beirut.
  • 05 Apr 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN position at Ras Al Naqoura today.

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