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PM Netanyahu meets French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. July 16, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in early December to discuss developments in Lebanon, the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

“President Macron updated Prime Minister Netanyahu with the measures he is taking in the crisis in Lebanon,” the PMO said in a statement. “The two leaders decided to speak again in the coming days and to meet in Paris at the beginning of next month.”

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Netanyahu said at a Likud faction meeting Monday that he spoke with Macron “at length.” He plans to discuss threats against Israel from Iran and its Lebanese proxy terror group, Hezbollah.

The two leaders will talk about “ideas to stabilize the situation in Lebanon,” he said, adding they agreed to meet to “see if we can adopt similar approaches, as much as possible, concerning this threat and the nuclear agreement with Iran.”

Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri met Saturday with Macron in Paris after fleeing to Riyadh earlier in the month due to what he said was an assassination attempt on his life. He told reporters after the meeting that he will arrive in Beirut in time to celebrate Lebanon’s Independence Day on Wednesday with the rest of the country.

Hariri announced his resignation November 4 in a shock broadcast on the Al Arabiya television network the day after his arrival, blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the decision. He said Tehran was sowing “chaos and destruction” in the region.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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