Mr. Ján Kubiš arrived today in Beirut to take up his new position as United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon. He was received by an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Beirut Rafik Hariri international airport.
“I am very pleased to be here in Beirut at a time when Lebanon is also embarking on a new phase after the formation of the government,” Mr.Kubiš said on arrival. “I look forward to supporting this renewed momentum in close partnership with the Lebanese authorities, political leaders, civil society and other partners in Lebanon and the international community towards a process for sustainable peace, security and stability in Lebanon,” the Special Coordinator added.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Mr. Kubiš (Slovakia) on 9 January. He brings with him many years of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy, and international economic relations, both internationally and in his own country.