Israel reportedly agrees to indirect talks with Lebanon in Paris


France has proposed to Israel and Lebanon that they hold indirect negotiations in Paris in a bid to find a diplomatic settlement for the border conflict, Israel’s Channel 13 said.

According to the report, Paris said it would sponsor the meeting and that Israeli and Lebanese representatives would meet in the French capital in an attempt to halt the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and allow displaced residents on both sides of the border to return to their homes.

The channel said Israel has agreed to the proposal, as a senior French official told the Israeli media outlet that Paris is determined to continue its mediation efforts, including through sponsoring indirect talks.

Israel’s Kan TV meanwhile said that Israel is willing to discuss “border adjustments” in the border conflict with Lebanon as part of “the agreements that are crystallizing to prevent a war with Hezbollah.”

Al-Arabiya’s Al-Hadath channel for its part said that “in its contacts with the French and the Americans, Israel has agreed to Hezbollah’s pullback to 10 instead of 20 kilometers” from the border.

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