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Chinese peacekeepers in Lebanon celebrate Spring Festival with cultural event

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Chinese peacekeepers in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in south Lebanon on Tuesday celebrated the Spring Festival with a cultural and artistic event.

The event, held at the headquarters of the Chinese contingent in south Lebanon, was co-organized by Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Chinese embassy in Lebanon.

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Michael Beary thanked China for its support to UNIFIL and to the cause of international peace and security.

He praised the Chinese contingent for the "excellent work they have done, and continue to do, and how they reflect the professional military standards of the Chinese People's Liberation Army."

Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian said this was "an occasion to review the accomplishments of the last year for Lebanon."

He called the past year as "an extraordinary year" for Lebanon as the country was able to ensure stability in general, with improved security and economic recovery.

He also expressed hope for continued cooperation between Lebanon and China in the new year.

China is ready to contribute with the Lebanese to creating a local and regional environment of security, stability and prosperity, he said.

China will continue to support the UNIFIL, he added, and "is preparing to boost its contribution in this regard."

The Chengdu Tianfu Culture Art Troupe then took the stage and presented a concert of traditional Chinese music.

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