http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/un-chief-names-veteran-diplomat-to-be-lebanon-envoy/article/540560

UN chief names veteran diplomat to be Lebanon envoy

Posted Jan 9, 2019 by 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.
Jan Kubis  a former foreign minister of Slovakia who worked as UN envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan  has...
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
Marwan IBRAHIM, AFP/File

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.