A US envoy is in Beirut to continue negotiations to stop the border expansion

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U.S. Ambassador Amos Hogstein is scheduled to travel to Beirut on Monday to continue diplomatic efforts aimed at curbing escalation and achieving stability along the Lebanon-Israel border, according to a White House official and a Lebanese official.

Elias Bou Saab, deputy speaker of the Lebanese parliament – who is expected to meet with Hogstein – said the timing of the US envoy's visit signaled progress in efforts to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip in the coming days. .

If a cease-fire is reached in Gaza, Hochstein's visit will be crucial to speeding up a ceasefire on Lebanon's southern border, discussing what is needed for stability and ending the possibility of expanding the war with Lebanon, he said.

Last Thursday, Najib Mikati, prime minister of Lebanon's caretaker government, said an early end to fighting in the Gaza Strip this week would trigger indirect talks to end hostilities on the southern Lebanese border with Israel.

For his part, the White House official did not go into further details about the US ambassador's visit.

As for Hezbollah, which did not participate in the talks with Hockstein, it has pledged to end attacks on Israel from Lebanon when the Israeli offensive on Gaza ends, insisting it is ready to continue fighting if Israel continues its hostilities.

Hochstein visited Beirut last January and November to discuss the demarcation of land between Lebanon and Israel with the aim of preventing the escalation of the war in Lebanon.

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Hochstein previously brokered a diplomatic agreement between Lebanon and Israel to delimit their maritime borders by 2022.

Since October 8, Hezbollah and Palestinian factions in Lebanon have exchanged daily cross-border shelling with the Israeli occupation army, resisting Israel's aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

In recent weeks, Israel has intensified its aerial and artillery bombardment of towns and villages in southern Lebanon, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries and forcing hundreds of families to flee their homes.

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