Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, left, speaks with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini, right, as she leaves the Lebanese foreign ministry, in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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The conference Italy is set to host next week aims to display international political support for the Lebanese Army -- a needed tool to reinforce security in Lebanon and the region, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini said Saturday.Mogherini said that supporting the Lebanese Army and security forces was important given the conflict raging on Lebanon's border.He also said that the country should have a strong Army and a national defense strategy to address Israel's repeated violations and aggression against its property and natural resources.He also said a strong, capable Army was needed to combat armed groups coming from Syria and harming Lebanon's security.
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