Today (7 June) in Beirut, the Head of the Directorate-General for the United Nations at the Federal Foreign Office, Ambassador Dr Peter Wittig, together with the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Federal Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Dora, will hand over on behalf of the Federal Government two patrol boats to the Lebanese Navy.
The vessels from the German fleet are to help Lebanon monitor its borders self-sufficiently. The handing over of the patrol boats will be accompanied by training measures for the Lebanese Navy and is the latest in a series of initiatives on the part of the Federal Government aimed at helping Lebanon to fulfil its responsibilities as a sovereign state in the area of border protection. It also represents a further contribution to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 of 11 August 2006.
The project received around 1.2 million euro in funding from the Federal Foreign Office and was carried out by the Federal Ministry of Defence, which will also take on the training of the Lebanese Navy.