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Lebanese President tells Kubis any Israeli attack on Lebanon’s sovereignty will be met with legitimate selfdefense

During a meeting on Friday at Baabda Palace with UN Secretary-General's Representative in Lebanon, Mr. Jan Kubis, President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, said that the most recent Israeli attack on Beirut's southern suburbs constituted a blatant violation of the rules of engagement stipulated by UN Security Council Resolution #1701 in 2006 -- which Lebanon has fully committed since its issuance.

"Any attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon will be met with legitimate self-defense, and Israel will bear all its consequences," Aoun told Kubis.

The President also reiterated Lebanon's adherence to Resolution #1701, and thanked Kubis for his efforts along with the UN Secretary General, as well as those of brotherly and friendly countries, to extend the mandate of the international forces operating in south Lebanon without modifying their tasks.

"The Lebanese army, deployed alongside the international forces, is performing its full duty to implement the decisions of the political authority and the Supreme Defense Council," Aoun maintained.

Kubis had briefed the President on the deliberations that accompanied the extension of the mandate of the international forces in Leabnon, the positions of the UN Security Council members, as well as the role played by UNIFIL in restoring stability to the southern border in the wake of the fresh security developments.

Kubis also expressed the UN's interest in Aoun endeavors addressing the economic and financial situation in Lebanon, most importantly the political-economic meeting which was held at Baabda Palace last Monday.

Source: National News Agency

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