The United States wants UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon to take on an expanded mission and investigate alleged violations by Hezbollah in the volatile area, Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday. The UN Security Council is set to vote on renewing the UN interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) later this month, and Haley said she will seek “significant improvements” to its mandate.
UNIFIL Commander Major General Luciano Portolano affirmed that Israel ought to withdraw from the Lebanese border village of Ghajar, deeming this issue as non-negotiable given that it constitutes a blatant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In remarks published in Assafir newspaper, Portolano outlined the repeated demands put forth by the United Nations in this regard, stressing that Israel’s withdrawal from said area has been set as a top priority. The