Italy has a crucial role to play in maintaining peace and stability in Lebanon and in the Middle East region, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio stated Monday on Facebook.
"Our commitment is key to preserving peace in Lebanon, its stability and that of the region, which is gripped by growing tensions, especially given the current political instability," read Di Maio's post.
Di Maio is on a one-day visit to Lebanon, where he was due to hold talks with the country's foreign minister Gibran Bassil and the United Nations UNIFIL peacekeeping mission, Italian general Stefano Del Col, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Di Maio's visit follows protests in central Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon on Sunday against the country's new prime minister, former education minister Hassan Diab, who the protesters want to resign.
The protesters say Diab is a member of the ruling elite that they blame for a severe economic crisis rooted in decades of widespread graft and mismanagement and have been marching against nationwide for months.