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French Foreign Minister in Lebanon to Ease Tensions Between Israel and Hezbollah

After the partition of the Ottoman Empire Lebanon became a French mandate.
French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne. AFP
French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne. AFP

During a visit to Lebanon on Sunday, France’s top diplomat announced that there have been positive developments with his country’s efforts to reduce tensions between Israel and the Tehran-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization.

The French Foreign Minister, Stephane Sejourne, said that there was “a lot of progress” after speaking to Lebanese officials about his proposal for Hezbollah to move 6 miles away from the Israeli border in exchange for the cessation of IDF strikes in the withdrawn area.

The agreement would also include attempts to establish a long-term stability agreement in the region.

Sejourne is scheduled to discuss the matter with representatives in Jerusalem during his visit to the Jewish state later this week.

Hezbollah spokespersons have long maintained that there will be no negotiations on the issue until there is a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israel’s border with Lebanon has seen an increase in hostilities since the October invasion of southern Israel by Hamas terrorists. The IDF has reported that 11 of their soldiers and nine civilians have been killed because of Hezbollah’s attacks in the past seven months.

On Saturday, Hezbollah launched a bombardment of 26 Katyusha rockets into northern Israel that struck the area around the municipality of Bar Yohai. The Katyusha is a common weapon used by the terror group.

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