President Michel Aoun stressed on Monday that the international community must help Lebanon overcome the challenges entailed by the refugee influx, reiterating that the country is still facing negative repercussions that the large number of Syrians is inflicting on social, economic and security levels.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued his first periodic report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701, condemning the recent "destabilizing" threats made by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah against Israel. "Both sides [Israel and Hezbollah] must refrain from making such threats as they exacerbate tension, which might eventually lead to a new war."
President Michel Aoun on Wednesday Aoun called for maintaining support for the Lebanese Army so that it would be able to fully assume its duties, affirming commitment to all international agreements, notably the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 "that must be implemented by all sides equally". Aoun called for the constant support of the Lebanese army, saying he has heard some positive remarks concerning this issue during his meeting with the British Ambassador.