Lebanon opened a legation in 1946, which was transformed into an embassy in 1955. Both countries signed a Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Navigation in 1949. The Italian Cultural Centre is located on the ground floor of the Embassy in the suburb of Baabda.
High level visits
In December 2013, the Italian Government announced increased funding to Lebanon to assist Lebanon in dealing with refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. Italy also announced a rescue mission with five to seven ships to rescue thousands of migrants, mostly Syrians, in the Mediterranean Sea 
Giampaolo Conte, Economic Relationship between Italy and Lebanon in the Fifties in "Oriente Moderno" V. 94, Issue 1, pp 99 – 112
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