Washington
25 June 2024

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin conferred with his Israeli counterpart “efforts to de-escalate tensions along the Israel-Lebanon border, to surge more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and to stand together against Iranian and Iranian-supported attacks against Israel and destabilising activities throughout the Middle East”. Austin emphasised “the ironclad U.S. commitment to Israel”, and warned that “Lebanese Hizballah’s provocations threaten to drag the Israeli and Lebanese people into a war that neither of them wants. Such a war would be catastrophic for Lebanon, and it would be devastating for innocent Israeli and Lebanese civilians”. Gallant asserted that “the greatest threat to the future of the world and the future of our region is Iran… Now is the time to realise the commitment of Americans administrations over the years to promise to prevent Iran on possessing nuclear weapon[s]”.

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