On July 6, Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, met with the President of the Council of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, who was conducting a private visit to Paris. This meeting falls within the framework of the privileged relationship between Lebanon and France and follows on from numerous meetings between the minister and the Lebanese Head of Government and authorities.
During their meeting they discussed the situation in Lebanon and in particular the recent attacks against UNIFIL in the south of Lebanon, which France strongly condemned. Bernard Kouchner reaffirmed the need for the strict implementation of resolution 1701 and for the respect for the freedom of movement of UNIFIL, which is a key condition for the deployment of the UN peacekeeping operations. The minister expressed his concern and indicated that France would request that a special meeting of the Security Council take place as soon as possible in order to allow the Council to express its support for the UNIFIL troops.
The meeting also focused on the regional situation, whether regarding the follow-up to the Paris Conference, the international community’s support for the creation of a Palestinian State or expectations with respect to the resumption of the peace process.
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