Major General Stefano Del Col. and Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi
Major General Stefano Del Col. and Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi IDF spokesperson

The IDF's Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, met Friday with the outgoing Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major General Stefano Del Col.

The meeting was held in light of the conclusion of Major General Del Col’s position as commander of UNIFIL, which he held over the past three-and-a-half years.

Also attending were the Head of the Strategic Planning and Cooperation Directorate (J5), Maj. Gen. Tal Kelman, and the Head of the IDF's International Cooperation Division, Brigadier General Effie Defrin.

During the meeting, Kochavi thanked Major General Del Col for his service as commander of UNIFIL and for his contribution to the security of Israel. The Chief of the General Staff expressed his deep appreciation to UNIFIL for its role in maintaining stability throughout the northern arena.

The importance of UNIFIL's mission has grown over the years. UNIFIL's mission has assisted the IDF to deal with the various security challenges in the area. The Hezbollah terrorist army continues to arm itself and operate illegally in southern Lebanon. Hezbollah, as a terrorist proxy of the Iranian regime, blatantly violates UNSC Resolution 1701 while continuing to endanger the people of both Israel and Lebanon.