German affirms continued military support for Lebanon; Pope Francis calls on Lebanese politicians to prioritize national interests

BEIRUT — During an inspection of the German forces taking part in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht stated that Germany will continue to support Lebanon, particularly in strengthening the capabilities of the Lebanese Navy.

“We are committed to support initiatives through UNIFIL, such as strengthening the beach radar system by providing specialized radar equipment and training on their operation, as well as securing patrol boats,” she stated.

In other news, Pope Francis called on Lebanese politicians to put aside their personal interests, pay attention to Lebanon and reach an agreement to fill the presidential vacuum.

In a press conference following his return from Bahrain, the Pope called on Lebanese politicians to put aside their differences and work together to lift the country out of its current plight where 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line.

Syriac Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai affirmed that there is no priority greater than electing a new president.