High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell meets Lebanese Foreign Minister Bou Habib in Brussels

November 27, 2023
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On 24 November, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, met with Foreign minister of Lebanon Abdallah Bou Habib in Brussels.

The discussion focused on the regional consequences of the conflict between Israel and Hamas and the need to avoid any wider spill-over. The HR/VP informed his counterpart about the diplomatic efforts of the EU – including his recent visit to the region – with the aim to contribute to a de-escalation and sustainable solution to the conflict. The parties concurred on the necessity by all actors to protect civilians, and exercise the utmost restraint to avoid any further escalation.

HR/VP Borrell deplored the loss of innocent lives and large number of displacement of civilians around the Lebanese-Israeli border. He reiterated that the stability and security of Lebanon are essential for the EU, and called for the full respect of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions by all sides. The HR/VP stressed also the urgency to preserve Lebanon’s policy of disassociation from regional conflicts and repeated the call on all actors in Lebanon to refrain from actions, that contribute to escalation and spill over of the hostilities and have negative repercussions on the Lebanese people. Regarding the future of the region, HRVP Borrell commended the role of Lebanon in the collective efforts to reach peace.

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