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ROME: Lebanon is going into the Rome II conference with a strong message to the international community: that it has a responsibility to help strengthen the Lebanese Army and Internal Security Forces. Rome II will be held in the Italian capital on March 15 and aims to garner support for Lebanon's security apparatusesSources familiar with the preparations for the conference say Lebanon is looking to equip and strengthen the Army and ISF Directorate to protect both the country's internal security and its borders. After Lebanon's victory over Daesh (ISIS) near the border with Syria in the summer, the country's security forces now have another responsibility – the potential oil reserves off its coastline.In Lebanon, the Army is called upon to carry out operations that would traditionally be the duty of the nation's police force, but it is also the country's first line of defense in the event of an attack or incursion.Lebanon has entered a new era, however, the Lebanese official said.
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