Mikati from Jordan: Israel is pursuing a scorched earth policy

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. (Photo: Twitter/X)
AMMAN – Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati held a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Saturday. The meeting was attended by Lebanon's Ambassador to Jordan, Youssef Emile Raji, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf, and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tom Sullivan.اضافة اعلان

During the meeting, Prime Minister Mikati emphasized "the priority of working to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza to stop the ongoing Israeli aggression there. He also stressed the need to halt the Israeli aggression in southern Lebanon and the scorched earth policy pursued by Israel, using internationally banned weapons to cause more human casualties and destroy southern regions and towns."

Mikati reiterated that "Lebanon is committed to international legitimacy and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In coordination with UNIFIL, it calls on the international community to pressure Israel to stop the daily encroachments and violations on its land, sovereignty on land, sea, and airspace."

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken stressed "that he is making efforts to stop military operations for humanitarian purposes, with the simultaneous start of discussions on addressing the issue of prisoners."

Secretary of State Blinken is meeting with Arab foreign ministers in the Jordanian capital, Amman, amid Arab calls for an immediate ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. The meeting comes a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a U.S. proposal for a "temporary truce."

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