United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres will arrive in Lebanon on Sunday for a four-day official visit to the crisis-hit country, the Italian-led UNIFIL peacekeeping force said in a statement.
"At this challenging time for Lebanon, this will be a visit of solidarity during which the Secretary-General will reaffirm the support of the entire UN family – from our political teams and peacekeepers to our humanitarian aid workers and development professionals – for the country and its people," said the statement.
During his visit, Guterres will hold talks with top Lebanese officials including its president Michel Aoun, parliament speaker Nabih Berri and premier Najib Mikati, as well as various religious leaders and civil society representatives.
Guterres will pay tribute to victims of the devastating 4 August 2020 Beirut Port blast and will also travel within Lebanon to meet people impacted by the numerous crises the country has been facing, including a disintegrating economy.
On the last leg of his trip, Guterres will travel to southern Lebanon to visit the UN Interim Force in Lebanon and tour parts of the Blue Line, which constitutes the UN-designated frontier with Israel.