An American official in Beirut… and Lebanon is pushing to implement Resolution 1701


“Asharq Al-Awsat” wrote: The White House confirmed, on Thursday, that the return of calm on both sides of the border between Lebanon and Israel represents a matter of “critical importance” for President Joe Biden, who during the past weeks dispatched the Special Presidential Coordinator for Global Infrastructure and Energy Security, Amos Hochstein, to Beirut. And Tel Aviv to work to prevent the expansion of the Gaza war.

The US National Security Council’s Strategic Communications Coordinator, John Kirby, said, “Restoring calm along these borders is extremely important for President Biden and the administration, and we believe that this should also be the top priority for both Lebanon and Israel.”
These statements clearly reflect the efforts made by senior officials in the Biden administration to convey the message that there is “no interest” for both the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hezbollah, which is affiliated with Iran, in a large-scale war across the Blue Line, despite the fact that the operations The current war greatly raises the possibility of “miscalculations.”
In addition, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ethan Goldrich arrived in Beirut, where he met with the Caretaker Foreign Minister Abdullah Bouhabib, who stressed “the necessity of supporting diplomatic initiatives to restore stability in the south and the region.”
The visit of the American diplomatic official to Beirut was announced, following a major escalation in mutual bombing between Hezbollah and the Israeli army on the southern border, which resulted in the deaths of 16 people, including 10 paramedics, within 24 hours.
The media office of the Lebanese Foreign Minister reported that he met with Goldrich, who was accompanied by Ambassador Lisa Jones, and they discussed the situation in the south and the war in Gaza. The Lebanese minister stressed “the necessity of supporting diplomatic initiatives to restore stability in the south and the region.” The importance of ending the presidential vacancy and electing a president of the republic was also stressed.

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