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UN chief names veteran diplomat to be Lebanon envoy

Jan Kubis, a former foreign minister of Slovakia who worked as UN envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been appointed to be UN coordinator in Lebanon
Jan Kubis, a former foreign minister of Slovakia who worked as UN envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been appointed to be UN coordinator in Lebanon AFP/File
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United Nations (United States) (AFP)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Jan Kubis, who has led UN missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, to be the new UN special coordinator in Lebanon, the UN announced Wednesday.

Kubis, a former foreign minister of Slovakia, will take over from Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark, who was acting coordinator since November 2017.

The appointment comes amid tensions between Israel and Lebanon, where the United Nations has deployed a peacekeeping force to monitor the border.

Israel's army last month launched an operation to destroy tunnels dug by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon to cross into Israel.

Kubis served as UN envoy to Iraq from 2015 to December 2018 and led the UN mission to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2015.

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