The Latest: Lebanon asks US to stop Israeli violations

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, L

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, L

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signs a guest book after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, e

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signs a guest book after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, e

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exits his plane as he arrives at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exits his plane as he arrives at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon,

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon,

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thur

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thur

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, at Berri's house, in Beirut, Lebanon, T

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, at Berri's house, in Beirut, Lebanon, T

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, arrives at the Government House to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in downtown Beirut, Leb

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, arrives at the Government House to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in downtown Beirut, Leb

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thurs

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thurs

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, at Berri's house, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, at Berri's house, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, arrives at the Government House to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in downtown Beirut, L

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, arrives at the Government House to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in downtown Beirut, L

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday,

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday,

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks at a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday,

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaks at a news conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday,

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Lebanon (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Lebanon's president says he has asked visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to work on preventing ongoing Israeli violations of its sovereignty.

President Michel Aoun made the comments during a meeting with Tillerson at the presidential palace on Thursday. According to Aoun's office, he also told Tillerson that Lebanon rejects Israeli claims over parts of the countries' maritime border where Lebanon will be drilling for oil and gas.

Tillerson arrived in the Lebanese capital earlier in the day as part of a regional tour.

The visit coincides with heightened tensions between Lebanon and its southern neighbor over oil and gas reserves and Israel's construction of a border wall that Lebanon says encroaches on its territory.

Lebanon is also protesting Israeli violations of Israeli airspace, often to bomb targets inside neighboring Syria.

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10:15 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has arrived in Lebanon, the most senior official from the Trump administration to visit the small Mediterranean country.

Tillerson is expected to meet with the country's top leaders Thursday — including President Michel Aoun, a key ally of the militant Hezbollah group — and discuss Lebanon's gas and border dispute with Israel.

Israel has recently escalated its threats over Lebanon's invitation for offshore gas exploration bids along the countries' maritime border.

Israel claims that Lebanon will be drilling in areas owned by Israel. Lebanese officials contest those claims, saying the area where it plans to drill belongs to Lebanon.

The long-standing dispute resurfaced recently as Lebanon invited companies to sign exploration deals. U.S. officials have previously tried to mediate the dispute.