Marotti from Baabda palace: Italy to grant $2.4M in aid for Lebanese army

Italy will offer $2.4 million worth of equipment to the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces, and it will increase the training sessions led by Italian experts, Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Massimo Marotti, announced during his meeting with Pre...

Italy will offer $2.4 million worth of equipment to the Lebanese army and Internal Security Forces, and it will increase the training sessions led by Italian experts, Italian Ambassador to Lebanon, Massimo Marotti, announced during his meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda palace on Tuesday.

The pair dwelt on the executive measures Italy had completed in terms of supporting the Lebanese military and security forces, as agreed during Rome II conference.

Both men also discussed Italy's participation in the UNIFIL, noting that Italy has nominated a senior officer from its army to head the peacekeeping mission when the term of Major General Michael Beary expires.

Aoun did not fail to thank his guest for the aid provided by Italy for Lebanon, heaping praise on the bilateral relations between the "brotherly" countries.

The President had earlier met with Caretaker Minister of Culture Ghattas Khoury, who informed him that the rehabilitation works at the national library in Sanayeh had been completed.

He later welcomed Head of the Higher Judicial Council, Judge Jean Fahed.

He also received former minister Bahij Tabbara.

Separately, Aoun decorated Professor George Metri with the National Cedar Medal, in recognition of his research in the medical, scientific, atomic, and petroleum fields.

It is to note that the President will host an Iftar banquet at Baabda palace tomorrow (Wednesday), during which he will deliver a word on the current situation and latest developments.

Source: National News Agency