Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil visits the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (The Daily Star/PASQUAL GORRIZ/UN)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil paid a historic visit to the headquarters of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon Friday, highlighting Israel's continued violation of Lebanese sovereignty. Bassil's was the first such visit by a Lebanese foreign minister since 1978 . Bassil visited UNIFIL's Honor Guard and was later briefed by the force commander about conditions along the south Lebanon border, and issues related to the implementation of UNIFIL's mandate in the area as well as its close cooperation with the Lebanese Army.UNIFIL deployed in south Lebanon following Israel's invasion of the area in March 1978 . It was beefed up after Israel's war against Lebanon in the summer of 2006 . Portolano reiterated his support for the Lebanese government and its efforts to bolster military capabilities in the face of security threats in northeast Lebanon and the north.
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