Press releases

  • 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.
  • Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received a guard of honour from the uniformed members of UNIFIL at the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura, Lebanon.

    24 Mar 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) where he was received by UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano.
  • UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano saluting the Guard of Honor during the celebration of UNIFIL Establishment Day.

    21 Mar 2016 - Marking the 38th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the top official with the UN Mission today hailed the extraordinary relationship of mutual support, respect and trust with the people of southern Lebanon throughout the last decades.
  • UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano meets Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Samir Moqbel.

    27 Jan 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano today called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Samir Moqbel and LAF Commander Jean Kahwaji in separate meetings in Beirut. Major-General Portolano briefed Minister Moqbel and General Kahwaji on UNIFIL’s view of the situation in southern Lebanon and expressed his sincere appreciation for the crucial role played by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in ensuring stability in south Lebanon.
  • 04 Jan 2016 - Late this afternoon, UNIFIL was informed that two IDF vehicles were attacked south of the Blue Line in the general area of Sheeba Farms. The IDF returned artillery fire in the general area of Kafr Chouba, Abbasiva and Bastara in UNIFIL's area of operations. No casualties were reported to UNIFIL.
  • 02 Feb 2015 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano today called on Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in his office in Beirut to discuss the situation in the UNIFIL Area of Operations in view of the recent incidents in southern Lebanon.
  • 12 Sep 2012 - Naqoura, Lebanon – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today visited the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) where he was received by UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas. He also undertook a brief tour by helicopter of the Line of Withdrawal (Blue Line).

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