UN special coordinator for Lebanon visits Israel


United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has arrived in Israel for a three-day visit, her office said.

“Since assuming office last month, Hennis-Plasschaert has extensively engaged the Lebanese leadership and key interlocutors on ways to deescalate tensions across the Blue Line,” her office said in a statement.

Her visit to Israel comes ahead of planned United Nations Security Council consultations on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) later this month.

Discussions with Israeli officials are expected to focus on the need to “restore calm and give space for a diplomatic resolution that enables displaced civilians on both sides to return home, as well as to address outstanding provisions under resolution 1701,” the statement said.