Major General Stefano Del Col, Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), received Lieutenant General Romulusz Ruszin-Sendi in Beirut. During his visit, the Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces also met with the Hungarian soldiers serving in the UNIFIL mission.
In addition to the current security policy issues, the challenges of the next year were also discussed by the commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces and Major General Stefano Del Col, Commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. The Hungarian Commander was accompanied by government commissioner responsible for defence development Gáspár Maróth as well. The parties agreed that the current security situation in the region is extremely tense, and UNIFIL is supporting the Lebanese army with several joint patrols a day.
Lt. Gen. Romulus Ruszin-Szendi had a meeting with General Joseph Aoun, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, where, among other things, migration issues and the situation in the armed forces were discussed.
In Lebanon the Lieutenant General met also with the Chief of Staff of the Irish Army and with the Commander of the Polish Contingent. Together with the soldiers of the two nations, the troops of the Hungarian Defence Forces help the Lebanese security forces. Currently, the Hungarian soldiers do patrolling and are involved in force protection activities at the base. The platoon mostly performs these tasks together with their Polish comrades, in which case the command staff is mostly provided by the Hungarian contingent.
At the negotiation, the Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces emphasized the permanent importance of enhancing the military co-operation between the V4 countries, which must remain a specific priority in the future as well.
Following the talks, the Commander of the Hungarian Defence Forces held a meeting with the Hungarian soldiers serving in the UNIFIL mission, where he provided information on current issues affecting the armed forces and thanked the soldiers for their dedicated and committed service.