US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States and Israel are striving to prevent the emergence of second and third fronts in the current conflict and are interacting with partners in the region.
“I said earlier our goal, as well as Israel’s goal, is that there will be no second or third front. We are working as seriously as we can, interacting with partners in the region, to ensure that this does not happen,” Blinken said at a press conference. conference following negotiations with the Israeli leadership.
He recalled that previously the US administration at the highest level warned third countries against attempts to intervene in the conflict in their own interests. In this regard, the United States expresses particular concern regarding Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. It was reported that since October 7, Hezbollah and the Israeli army exchanged sporadic strikes in border areas, avoiding large-scale escalation for now. Earlier, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the United States does not see a concentration of Hezbollah forces on the border with Israel and hopes to avoid expanding the geography of the conflict, which is currently limited to the Gaza Strip. As a deterrent, the United States sent an aircraft carrier, a cruiser and destroyers carrying guided missiles to the eastern Mediterranean.