A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on the situation in the Near and Middle East:
In view of the current situation, we are greatly concerned about stability in the region, and we call on all sides to ease the tensions. It is only natural for close international partners to openly voice their concerns. Our message is addressed to all actors in the region. We expressly welcome Mr Hariri’s departure for Paris, and his imminent return to Lebanon. All sides must now take steps to build up confidence. We are convinced that close relations built on trust are in both our and the region’s common interest.