Hariri arrives in Rome, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon will be back on the global radar Thursday as 41 nations gather in Rome to discuss ways to strengthen the Lebanese security forces and send a strong signal to those looking to destabilize the country.Rome II, along with the CEDRE conference to be held in Paris in April, was announced again at an ISG meeting for Lebanon last December in the midst of what looked like a murky future for Lebanon in the last two months of 2017 . Since then, countries have stepped up work to ensure Lebanon remains stable and insulated from regional turmoil.The message ahead of the talks is that it is not a pledging conference but a political message of support for Lebanon's institutions. Many major international powers have made their position clear that Lebanon's economy and security should not collapse, but Thursday will also be another opportunity for Gulf countries to show their support for Lebanon.Gen. Imad Othman and General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim will represent the Lebanese security institutions.
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