Lebanese soldiers in Ras Baalbeck, August 28, 2017. © Reuters

Lebanon plans to strengthen its military presence on the neighboring southern borders with occupied Palestine.

Visiting Italy to attend the Rome II Ministerial Conference scheduled to support Lebanon and its institutions, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said yesterday (March 15th) that Beirut was doing its best to raise funds for the armed forces.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends the Rome II Ministerial Conference on March 15, 2018. © AFP

“Lebanon will strengthen its military presence on the southern fronts,” he said.

The Rome II conference on support for the Lebanese army and security forces was held in Rome on Thursday, under the theme “Lebanon, Building Trust: Sustainable Security for the Country and the Region”.

Representatives from 40 countries and the UN boss Antonio Guterres were present.

“We will depolish additional troops on southern border areas and plan to set up a special forces unit as well,” he promised.

“Israel remains the first threat to Lebanon and its daily violations must stop,” he added before continuing: “As we seek to reinstate a lasting ceasefire in southern Lebanon, Israel is still thinking to build a wall on the litigation areas along the borders, namely the blue line. ”

After the end of the Hezbollah’s 33-day war with the Tel Aviv regime, the UN Security Council endorsed the deployment of 15,000 Lebanese troops on the southern border with occupied Palestine.

Some Western countries, led by the United States, are trying to build the capacity of the army and security forces in this country against Hezbollah!

Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon. (Photo archive)


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