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Lebanon and Italy address Middle East relations and issues

Beirut, March 27 (Prensa Latina) The interim Prime Minister of Lebanon, Najib Mikati, and his Italian counterpart, Giorgia Meloni, today addressed the close and historic bilateral relations, as well as issues of common interest in the Middle East region.

After the official reception, both sides expressed their satisfaction with the UN Security Council resolution stipulating a ceasefire in Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan.

At the same time, they expressed their aspiration to implement what was approved by the Council in order to achieve a sustainable cessation of aggression in the Gaza Strip.

The debate also included Security Council provisions related to Lebanon and the region; and in that sense, Mikati reiterated the Levantine country’s commitment to fully implement all international resolutions, especially 1701.

On this issue, he emphasized the need for Israel to comply with the implementation of the aforementioned resolution and stop its attacks against Lebanese sovereignty by land, sea and air.

Incidentally, the Lebanese head of the Executive condemned to death of seven paramedics in southern Lebanon in the early hours of this Wednesday as a result of persistent Israeli aggression.

The conversation between both ministers dealt with the issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon and illegal immigrants in the Mediterranean region.

Both parties agreed on the need for concerted international efforts and bilateral coordination to reduce the phenomenon of migration and explore solutions that help achieve a sustainable solution to the problem of displaced people.

In this context, Mikati thanked his Italian counterpart for his country’s continued support to the army and the strengthening of its capabilities to allow it to carry out all assigned tasks.

The prime ministers stressed the importance of accelerating the election of a new president of the Lebanese Republic, which is essential to implement the required economic reforms and set the wheels of development in motion.

Meloni arrived in Beirut this afternoon on her first visit to the nation and her tour will include an exchange with the Italian battalion acting as part of the United Nations Interim Force in southern Lebanon.

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