UNIFIL Force Commander visits Vice President of the Islamic Shiite Highest Council
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano today paid a courtesy call to the Vice President of the Islamic Shiite Highest Council Sheik Abed Al Amiir Kaabalaan in his office in Beirut.
Major-General Portolano thanked Sheik Abed Al Amiir Kaabalaan for the strong support religious authorities have given to UNIFIL over the years and to him personally since his arrival. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to introduce himself to the Vice President of the Islamic Shiite Highest Council and they discussed issues related to the situation in UNIFIL's area of operations; Major-General Portolano highlighted the strong support and friendship that UNIFIL has been receiving from the population in south Lebanon.
"The support that UNIFIL has been receiving from religious leaders and the local community has been of paramount importance for the success of the Mission and for maintaining peace and security in our area of operations," he said.
"The religious values cherished by the people in southern Lebanon deserve the maximum respect and consideration; our peacekeepers understand and treasure the importance of the cultural and religious sensitivities of the people."