France, US to increase cooperation on Middle East peacebuilding efforts, Macron says

Published date10 June 2024
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
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In a joint statement with President Joe Biden, Macron stated that the two nations were "closely coordinating" negotiations between Israel, Lebanon, and "all the parties involved" to defuse the escalating cross-border violence.

"Our two countries are determined to exert the necessary pressure to stop this trend," Macron added.

Diplomatic struggles

President Biden, who traveled to France for a state visit commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, did not directly refer to Lebanon during the statement.

Both France and the US have historical and longstanding strategic influence in Lebanon, given the Levantine nation's...

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