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Italian senator pledges to support Lebanon's anti-terrorism efforts

Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives Italian Senator Nicolas Latorre in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)

BEIRUT: Italy will empower Lebanon’s Army and enhance the role of UNIFIL troops, the president of the Defense Commission of the Italian Senate said Tuesday, while pledging to support Lebanon in its struggle against terrorism.

“We sympathize with the families of the martyrs and the captives,” Nicola Latorre said, after meeting with Defense Minister Samir Moqbel. “And Italy is committed to strengthen the Army because of Lebanon’s significance in the region.”

“Italy is also committed to fight terrorism and extremism with full energy and maximum efforts through the UNIFL force,” Latorre added, expressing his appreciation for the Lebanese Army’s values and performance.

Latorre arrived in Lebanon Tuesday, and met Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri earlier in the day. He is also expected to meet Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, along with other Lebanese officials during his stay.

The Italian Ambassador to Lebanon Giuseppe Morabito accompanied Latorre during Tuesday’s visits.

 
This article was amended on Wednesday, September 03 2014

The article mistakenly mentioned that UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Luciano Portolano accompanied Senator Latorre during his visits to Lebanese politicians on Tuesday. In reality, Portolano did not attend any talks. The Daily Star regrets the error. 

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