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Netanyahu to Meet Macron on Lebanon Crisis

Netanyahu to Meet Macron on Lebanon Crisis

Monday, 20 November, 2017 - 11:15
French President Emmanuel Macron. FRED DUFOUR / AFP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in early December for talks expected to include developments in Lebanon, Netanyahu's office said on Sunday.

In a phone call on Sunday, "President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he is taking in the crisis in Lebanon," it said in a statement.

"The two leaders decided to speak again in the coming days and to meet in Paris at the beginning of next month."

Netanyahu last visited the Elysee in July.

The Israeli PM and Macron also spoke about the nuclear deal with Iran, its "attempts to set up bases in Syria and its activities in the region", the statement said.

It said Macron instigated the 30-minute phone call.

The Israeli government closely follows the developments in Lebanon.

Recent comments made by Lebanese Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil have dawn strong condemnation in Israel.

“We should restrain Israel from starting a war exactly because Lebanon is sure to win it,” Bassil said during a visit to Moscow.

But an Israeli minister played down his remarks, saying the 11-year calm on the Lebanese-Israeli border will not be shattered and the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not change Hezbollah’s caution.

Hariri resigned on November 4, citing Iran's "grip" on his country and the region, and threats to his life.

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