European envoys visit UN-demarcated Blue Line

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EU ambassadors Thursday visited the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon in Naqoura, where they were welcomed by the head of mission and taken on a tour of the UN-demarcated Blue Line separating Lebanon and Israel.

The Chargée d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union Julia Koch de Biolley said in a statement: "The European Union and its Member States acknowledge the unique and important role that UNIFIL is playing in ensuring Lebanon’s security and stability.”

She expressed the European Union’s continued support to UNIFIL, including its maritime component, whose "deployment alongside the Lebanese Armed Forces is considered crucial to maintaining stability in southern Lebanon and along the Lebanese shores," the statement read.

The ambassadors reportedly commended the ongoing work to establish a new EU-funded headquarters for the LAF Model Regiment – a force proposed in 2017 that will operate strictly in south Lebanon – as part of Lebanon's commitment to consolidate its authority over the region.