Private counselor of Prime minister Saad Hariri for defense issues, general Maroun Hitti was invited to give a conference in Rome at Nato Defense College.
In front of a public of high governmental responsibles, Nato generals, general Hitti developed the ideas of his conference «Lebanon. Recent Developments», aiming on one hand to better understand the regional and international challenges and problems in the Mediterranean countries and the Middle East. On the other hand, forming individuals able to deal with NATO affairs on the strategic level.
General Maroun Hitti praised the Lebanese army, regarding the recent «dawn of the jurd» operation, also regarding the developments in the military institution, as fight against terrorism, respect of values, social solidarity. During his stay in Rome, general Hitti encountered his Holiness Pope Francis.
NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), is an alliance of 29 countries from Europe and North America, who consult and cooperate in the field of defense and security, and conduct multinational crisis management operations together. The Nato Defense College originated from general Dwight D. Eisenhower, opened its doors in Paris in 1951. With the withdrawal of France in 1966 from the Alliance’s integrated military structure, the College moved to Rome in the Military city of Cecchignola. In 2016, the Nato Defense College celebrated its 65th anniversary and College’s 50th year in Rome.
Hundreds of officials, as well as civilian and military experts, come to NATO headquarters each day to exchange information, share ideas and help prepare decisions when needed, in cooperation with national delegations and the staff at NATO headquarters.