U.S. special envoy hopes diplomacy will calm Lebanon-Israel border


U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein said on Thursday he was hopeful diplomacy could calm tensions on the disputed border between Lebanon and Israel, where the Israeli military and armed group Hezbollah have been exchanging fire for three months, Paralel.Az reports citing Reuters.

Hochstein met Lebanon's caretaker prime minister, foreign minister, army commander and speaker of parliament in an hours-long visit to the Lebanese capital on Thursday.

"I firmly believe that the people of Lebanon do not want to see an escalation of the current crisis to further conflict," he told reporters in Beirut.

Hochstein went to Israel last week for talks on the issue.

"I'm hopeful that we can continue to work on this effort to arrive together, all of us on both sides of the border, with a solution that will allow for all people in Lebanon and Israel to live with guaranteed security and return to a better future," he said.

Hochstein said the U.S. "would like to see a diplomatic solution," and "it is our job to get one."