UNIFIL Head Major-General Beary meets Prime Minister Salam and LAF Commander Khawaji
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary today called on Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Khawaji in separate meetings in Beirut.
The meetings discussed the security and political situation in the country, the implementation of UNIFIL's mandate under UN Security Council resolution 1701 as well as the situation in UNIFIL’s Area of Operations in South Lebanon with particular focus on cooperation between UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army.
Following the meetings, Major-General Beary said: “I thanked the leaders for their relentless and sincere support for the work we are doing on the ground in close coordination with the LAF and for their commitment to UNSC resolution 1701; I highly appreciate their continuous efforts in helping preserving stability in the country during this very sensitive time that the region is facing.”
“This being our first meeting after I assumed Command of UNIFIL, I assured the Prime Minister and LAF Commander of my intent to ensure continuity in UNIFIL’s operations. We must continue to build on our strategic partnership with the LAF, enhancing its capacity through the Strategic Dialogue and assist the Government of Lebanon in strengthening state authority in the south.”
During the meetings, UNIFIL Head of Mission Major-General Beary stressed on the importance of the Mission’s relations with the population:” I assured the leaders that our peacekeepers, military and civilian, will continue working with full respect for the religious beliefs, traditions and cultural sensitivities of the host population. We attach great importance to our relationship with the people of the south; a special bond that goes back in time, this symbiotic co-existence is key to the success of the Mission.”
Major-General Beary also met separately with the Lebanese Government Coordinator to UNIFL and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Brigadier-General Mohammed Janbay.