Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, right, speaks with his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, left, at the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said during meetings with Lebanese officials Tuesday that his country would keep its peacekeeping troops in Lebanon and continue bilateral cooperation with the country on all levels.Gen. [Luciano] Portolano on top of this international force," Gentiloni said.He added that Italy planned to boost economic ties with Lebanon. Gentiloni added that terrorism, particularly ISIS, posed a common threat to Lebanon and Italy, and voiced hope that the nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers Tuesday would open the door to cooperation on the fight against terrorism and carry positive signs to Lebanon."Our response is that we [will continue to] work for peace and dialogue and will not back down on our commitment to fighting terrorism and ISIS," he said.For his part, Bassil thanked Italy for its role in UNIFIL and said he agreed with Gentiloni on boosting bilateral ties.
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