UNIFIL Force Commander meets Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Paolo Serra together with United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly and UN Deputy Special Coordinator and UNDP Resident and Coordinator Ross Mountain today called on the newly appointed Prime Minister Tammam Salam in his office in Beirut.
Following the meeting, Major-General Serra said: “I was very encouraged by this first meeting with Prime Minister Salam. I was pleased to have this opportunity just days after he assumed office to brief him on UNIFIL’s mission and related developments in south Lebanon.”
“I informed the Prime Minister that the situation along the Blue Line and in the UNIFIL area of operations remains relatively stable, and that the parties have reiterated their commitment to resolution 1701 and to upholding the cessation of hostilities. I conveyed my particular appreciation for the Lebanese Armed Forces that continues to demonstrate exemplary resolve and professionalism in working with our peacekeepers under very challenging circumstances.”
“The Prime Minister had strong words of support for UNIFIL and he acknowledged the importance of the work we are doing together with the Lebanese Armed Forces to maintain a safe and secure environment in the south. I emphasized the necessity of continued support of the Government of Lebanon for our mission, and I told him that UNIFIL stands firm in its commitment to working with the Lebanese authorities towards our common objectives under resolution 1701.”