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Mikati kicks off South Lebanon visit

Prime Minister Najib Mikati kicked off his Saturday visit to South Lebanon after arriving to the Lebanese army compound in Marjayoun, NOW Lebanon’s correspondent reported.

The premier, who was accompanied by Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn and Lebanese Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji, met with LAF officers in the Marjayoun base, the correspondent said.

He added that Mikati then headed to the southern town of Aadaiseh, where a border skirmish broke out last year between the Lebanese and Israeli armies.

The PM is also set to visit the UNIFIL headquarters in the southern town of Naqoura and meet with the peacekeeping troops’ commander, General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, the correspondent said.

Mikati’s cabinet, which was formed on June 13 and dominated by a Hezbollah-led alliance, was granted parliament’s vote of confidence July 7.

Lebanese and Israeli troops exchanged fire near Aadaiseh after Israel attempted to cut down a tree in a contested location near the border.

-NOW Lebanon