Ambassador Massimo Marotti speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The major international conference opening in Rome Thursday will be a chance for the international community to back a long-standing framework of support for Lebanon, Italian Ambassador to Lebanon Massimo Marotti told The Daily Star.Members of the GCC have again expressed a positive attitude toward Lebanon and will attend the conference.Both the Army and the ISF have prepared long-term plans that they seek help implementing from participating nations.From Thursday, Lebanon could see the beginning of new partnerships with other nations.Last week, France announced a $17 million aid package to the Army and more aid could be pledged.The Italian ambassador was quick to reiterate that the conference was a message of the political will to assist Lebanon.A new contingent strictly focusing on implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 will be among the plans for the Army in Rome.
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