FILE - Sameh Shoukri (L) and Saad al-Hariri (R) - Courtesy of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry
CAIRO – 2 September 2019: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri called Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, to discuss the latest developments in the situation in Lebanon, after the recent escalation on border.
Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon on Sunday fired anti-tank missiles at Israeli forces located near the border. Israel said it fired back at the border. The Lebanese army estimated the number of missiles launched by Israel at 40 missiles earlier.
Shoukry affirmed Egypt's hope to see stability in Lebanon, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said, pointing out that the call came within the framework of Egyptian efforts to limit the current tensions among all concerned parties and to prevent the deterioration of the security situation.
These efforts are based on Egypt's historic responsibility and role to preserve peace and stability in the region, Hafez said.
Egypt continues to closely follow up on the situation closely and to communicate with all parties concerned to maintain stability in Lebanon and avoid any further crises in the region.