French President Emmanuel Macron has offered to negotiate a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hezbollah, according to an article published Tuesday in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
This decision came following French inquiries into the position of the Shiite terrorist organization on the issue. Hezbollah is also a Lebanese political party, with seats in parliament.
Macron hopes this will lead to a reduction in Hezbollah’s weapons, apparently, so that the organization can function more as a political party. The source said the United States has shown interest in Macron’s pro-Lebanon initiative to allow Lebanon to reach a peace deal with the Jewish state after demarcating the borders.
Lebanese lawmakers announced on October 1 the US-led negotiations over the country’s maritime border with Israel.
Lebanese officials have long claimed that Israeli offshore drilling violates their sovereignty, and Israeli military officials have offered to resolve the issue diplomatically in order to reduce the pressure on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Any offshore drilling in the area must be protected by the IDF due to the proximity of hostile forces in Lebanon.
Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS.