Can Beirut count on Beijing and Moscow to extend UNIFIL’s mandate?

Lebanese Army soldiers and UN peacekeepers during a media tour near the Blue Line on August 8, 2023. (Credit: Aziz Taher/Reuters)

Ahead of the upcoming expiration of the UNIFIL’s mandate on Aug. 31, caretaker Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib traveled to New York on Wednesday in a bid to have an article strongly opposed by Hezbollah withdrawn.

Although his visit was delayed due to a lack of funding — the Bustros Palace accused the Finance Ministry of not having disbursed the $9,092 it had requested, which the Treasury denies — Bou Habib remains determined to remove the famous Article 16.