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EU Ambassador Christina Lassen met this evening with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. The meeting focused on the government formation process and the discovery of tunnels at Lebanon's southern border. Ambassador Lassen underlined the need to de-escalate the tense situation. She stressed the need for Lebanon to recognize breaches of Resolution 1701 from the Lebanese side, investigate the matter and to condemn all breaches of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
"We support UNIFIL's call for urgent follow-up actions by the Lebanese authorities in accordance with Lebanon's obligations regarding Resolution 1701 and commend the ongoing close cooperation between the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL forces along the Blue Line" Ambassador Lassen said. She further underlined the European Union's commitment to the support of Lebanon's security sector and institutions, crucial to ensure the stability, security and unity of the country.
The meeting also tackled the progress of the consultation efforts to form a new government. "The European Union welcomes all efforts towards forming a government at the very soonest", said Ambassador Lassen and expressed hope "that all State institutions will function properly in 2019, for the benefit of Lebanon and the Lebanese people". This is even more crucial now given the tense regional situation.