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Italy to host support conference for Lebanon Army

From left, General Fabio Polli, Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Luigi Pinelli Mantelli and UNIFIL Commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra attend a ceremony in Shamaa, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/UNIFIL, HO)

BEIRUT: Italy will host a support conference for Lebanon’s Army this summer, an Italian official said Wednesday.

The conference is aimed at enhancing international cooperation to help Lebanon, according to the chief of Italian Defense Staff, Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantilli, who made the announcement at a ceremony to hand over the Italian troops operating under the UNIFIL from Gen. Maoristio Riko to his successor Gen. Fabio Polly.

The Italian official hailed the coordinated training and activities between the Lebanese and Italian armies and said cooperation between the two could be further enhanced in the future.

Mantilli also visited the Italian troops operating in south Lebanon and hailed the role and efforts of the country's mission there.

 

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