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Reports of a drone incident south of Beirut led to new tensions in a region already affected by too much instability. It is the responsibility of all parties in the region to exercise maximum restraint, to comply with international law and to avoid any further escalation of a potentially dangerous and delicate situation, including by avoiding inflammatory rhetoric. The European Union expects all parties to fully abide by the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, in particular UNSCR 1701 and 1559.
The European Union continues to support Lebanon's stability, security and sovereignty and is in close coordination with our international partners to this end. Ultimately, there can be no unilateral or military solution to the interrelated problems of the Middle East.