(MENAFN) On Friday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun condemned Israel's recent threats to his country and intervention in its affairs, labeling them as an "act of war".
"Lebanon is a country that believes in peace and renounces wars," Aoun explained during a meeting with the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Pernille Dahler Kardel.
"The regular Israeli officials' threats are unacceptable and we consider them to be an act of war against Lebanon." His country, he stressed, is keen to strengthen security and stability on its southern border [with Israel]."
Israel and Lebanon have been exchanging threats and condemnation over a border wall being built by Israel, a tender issued by Beirut for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters and arms flows to Lebanon's resistance Hezbollah group.
Israel invaded southern Lebanon in 1982 and occupied a strip until 2000. Ties remain tense between the two countries amid fears the disputes could escalate into another war.