During a meeting with Rex Tillerson, who is on an official visit to Lebanon, Aoun stressed Lebanon’s adherence to its internationally recognized borders and its rejection of Israel’s claim to ownership of parts of the exclusive economic zone in Lebanese waters, stressing at the same time that it will not hesitate to make any effort to reach solutions. To the issue of land and sea borders, calling on the United States, the United Nations and the international community to “play an active role in this area.”
“Israel must abide by UN Security Council Resolution 1701 in order to preserve the stability that Lebanon has enjoyed since 2006,” Aoun said.
Aoun stressed Lebanon’s commitment to calm on the southern border. “Lebanon does not want war with anyone, while Israel continues its aggression, and the memory of the southerners is still alive against the Israeli wars against them,” he said.
Aoun also stressed that his country is committed to a policy of self-restraint and does not interfere in the internal affairs of countries, “but it is not responsible for what happens from outside interventions for not being able to influence it.”
President Aoun thanked the US administration for its support to the Lebanese army and armed forces, praising the army’s ability to defeat and combat terrorism and armed groups.
On the issue of refugees, Aoun said that his country has hosted over 850,000 “displaced” Syrians on its soil since the start of bloody events in Syria and can no longer bear the consequences of this displacement on Lebanon’s security, stability, economy and social, educational and health conditions.
President Aoun called on the United States to “help ensure a safe and gradual return of the Syrians to their country and to work for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis that will restore security and stability to Syria.”


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