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BOU HABIB, BRAZILIAN COUNTERPART DISCUSS GAZA, UNRWA, AND SOUTHERN LEBANON DEVELOPMENTS

BOU HABIB, BRAZILIAN COUNTERPART DISCUSS GAZA, UNRWA, AND SOUTHERN LEBANON DEVELOPMENTS


Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdullah Bou Habib, on Tuesday welcomed his Brazilian counterpart, Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira. Following the meeting, Bou Habib emphasized Brazil’s significance as a second home for Lebanese expatriates, especially in São Paulo, where Lebanese communities thrive and contribute significantly to various aspects of life, including politics and economics.

Expressing gratitude for Brazil’s stance on Gaza, Bou Habib welcomed Vieira’s visit, which bypassed Israel, as a significant message to the world. He condemned the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and underscored the importance of supporting Palestinians through organizations like UNRWA until the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Moreover, Bou Habib reiterated Lebanon’s commitment to implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1701 regarding South Lebanon, emphasizing the need for Israel to return Lebanese territory and restore pre-1923 borders to ensure security and stability.

Vieira, in turn, highlighted Bra
zil’s historical support for Lebanon, including its peacekeeping contributions to UNIFIL. He reiterated Brazil’s commitment to stability along the Lebanese border and expressed support for a two-state solution in Gaza.

Both ministers discussed Brazil’s efforts during its presidency of the UN Security Council to broker ceasefire agreements and humanitarian aid for Gaza, lamenting the veto that hindered these initiatives despite broad international support.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon