Aoun Meets Kardel, Slams Israeli Missile Sites Claims
President Michel Aoun welcomed on Friday the Acting UN special coordinator for Lebanon, Pernille Dahler Kardel, where he stressed that “Israeli allegations on missile sites in Lebanon are baseless,” the National News Agency reported.
“Claims that weapons factories and secret caches exit in a number of Lebanese places are groundless,” assured Aoun.
“Members of the diplomatic corps in Lebanon have accompanied (caretaker) Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on a tour during which they were reassured about the groundlessness of these allegations. Also, the UNIFIL command denied the existence of any weapons in the area of operation of the Green Without Borders," he told his guest.
"Lebanon is committed to maintaining stability along the border and implementing UN Resolution 1701, at a time when Israel continues to violate Lebanese sovereignty on land, sea and air level, violating all international resolutions issued by the Security Council and the United Nations," Aoun said.
He also underlined Lebanon's position "on the return of displaced Syrians to their country," pointing out that "the voluntary returns are taking place under the supervision of the Lebanese General Security, upon the request of displaced Syrians.”
The President thus called on the international community to" help secure this repatriation."
Kardel, in turn, said: "The United Nations is pleased with the cooperation between the Lebanese army and international forces and the steps taken to strengthen the capabilities of the army and enable it to play its full role," she said, expressing "appreciation for the care that Lebanon provides to the displaced Syrians on its land."