Report: Italian Defense Minister to Visit Lebanon soon

Italy's Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti is expected to pay a visit to Lebanon soon for talks with high-ranking officials, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Saturday.

It said that she is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Defense Minister Samir Moqbel, and Army Commander Jean Qahwaji.

Discussions will focus on military cooperation with Lebanon, aid granted to its army, and the role played by the Italian contingent of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Pinotti will visit the headquarters of the international force in the South, added al-Joumhouria.

Her trip comes on the heels of one paid by Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who was in Lebanon some ten days ago.

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