The Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday that Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib had been in contact to discuss the latest incident with the Irish contingent operating within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The ministry regretted the incident and issued a statement stating that it was awaiting an investigation into the incident, stressed that it did not accept any form of aggression against UNIFIL forces and stressed “the safety of UNIFIL personnel and vehicles”.
In regretting that “the scenes were being broadcast on social media,” the Department reiterated concerns about “the security of UNIFIL, particularly the Irish contingent, which is one of the forces that has continued to serve in southern Lebanon since UNIFIL was founded and which continues to play an important role in maintaining the security and stability of southern Lebanon. “
In this regard, the Ministry stated: “Lebanon values ââthe role of UNIFIL in general, and the Irish contingent in particular, and its people value the role of this contingent within the international armed forces.”
The declaration also reaffirmed bilateral relations between Lebanon and Ireland and recognized Ireland’s efforts to renew UNIFIL’s mandate on the UN Security Council and recalled its role in ensuring UNIFIL’s support to the Lebanese Army under Resolution 2591 (2021).
The Ministry renewed Lebanon’s continued commitment to relevant international resolutions, in particular UN Resolution 1701.