International peacekeepers must remain in region, Italian defense minister tells Rivlin

The international community must remain in the region to prevent further escalation of tensions Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti told President Reuven Rivlin at his residence on Tuesday.

The deployment of Italian troops in UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon) and the multinational peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon, coupled with Italy’s granting permission for the launch of US drone strikes against Libya and Islamic State from Sicilian air base plus concern over developments in Syria have combined to make Pinotti all too familiar with the turbulent situation in the region.


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