The European Union’s Counter Terrorism Coordinator, Mr. Gilles de Kerchove, is visiting Lebanon on 16 and 17 January to take stock of the counter terrorism dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Lebanon.
The visit falls within the broader partnership between the EU and Lebanon on security and counter terrorism. Following the terrorist attacks perpetrated worldwide, the EU was quick to adopt a counter-terrorism approach in the Middle East and North Africa that goes beyond strict military and security assistance. In 2016, a roadmap on countering terrorism was agreed upon with the Lebanese Government, in which the EU voiced its commitment to support Lebanon in the areas of justice and law enforcement, countering terrorism financing, border management, airport security and civil aviation security and countering violent extremism.
The EU is also engaged in an active dialogue with the Lebanese authorities on the development of a national counter terrorism strategy, and welcomes the recent launch of the National Strategy to Prevent Violent Extremism. This extensive document defines violent extremism and prevention, and puts forth nine pillars or goals for the Lebanese ministries to achieve.