Aoun: Lebanon's military ready to confront Zionism regime
Lebanese President Michel Aoun says he has ordered the country's armed forces to confront any attempt by Zionist regime to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty, as Israeli officials stir more territorial tensions with Beirut.
According to Press TV, addressing a cabinet session on Thursday, Aoun vowed to “prevent any Israeli aggression on Lebanon’s land and water” in the wake of disagreements with Israel over Mediterranean oil fields as well as a planned border wall.
The Tel Aviv regime has also escalated the tensions by announcing plans for a wall to isolate the Occupied Palestinian Lands from Lebanese territories.
A day earlier, Lebanon's Higher Defense Council, also chaired by Aoun, held an extraordinary session to double down on Beirut's stance.
Following the recent escalation, the US has sent David Satterfield, the Acting Assistant US Secretary of State, to the region on a mediation mission, Israeli media reported, citing Lebanese and Israeli officials.
The American official, who once served as the US ambassador to Beirut, headed to Tel Aviv last week and spent this week meeting with the Lebanese president, prime minister and other officials.
Satterfield "held talks regarding the wall with Israel and said there is no call for concern, and there is no direction towards escalation," an unnamed senior Lebanese government official told Reuters.