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Region: Lebanon and Nizar Zakka

region: It comes against the backdrop of high-stakes diplomatic activity aimed at easing tensions between the two foes, according to Vancouver Courier. The initiative, from beginning to end, was born in Lebanon. ... But I won't deny that this initiative had positive results on the region and appears to have stopped much of what might have happened, Zakka told reporters shortly after arriving in Lebanon. In his first comments after arriving in his native Lebanon, Nizar Zakka denied reports that his release was part of a wider deal but suggested that it had helped avert further escalation in the region.article continues below Trending Stories Controversial Vancouver restaurant Escobar has suddenly closed The heat is on Metro Vancouver weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 30sBaby attacked by family dog flown to Vancouver hospitalB.C. paying foster parents instead of supporting struggling families, experts say Zakka's release comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Zakka is one of several prisoners with either dual nationality or links to the West held in Iran. The White House said it was thankful for Zakka's release but wants to see other Americans who are detained there released as well. Lebanese officials have for years asked for his release, and it was not clear why Iran decided to act now. ( As reported in the news.