German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is set to embark on Sunday on her fourth visit to Israel since the start of the Gaza war, as confirmed by a spokesperson from the Ministry.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will travel to Israel on Sunday for her fourth visit since the outbreak of the Gaza war on October 7, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sebastian Fischer announced during a press conference on Friday.

Baerbock will hold talks with Israel’s new Foreign Minister Israel Katz, as well as with President Isaac Herzog. She will also meet with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.

Baerbock will subsequently travel to Egypt to meet with her counterpart Sameh Shoukry and also plans to visit Lebanon.

The talks will focus on the “dramatic humanitarian situation in Gaza, the situation in the West Bank and the extremely volatile situation on the Israel-Lebanon border,” and also on efforts to secure the release of more Hamas hostages, Fischer said.

Baerbock said at a Berlin press conference on Friday that the Israelis and Palestinians would “only be able to live side by side in peace if the security of the one means the security of the other.” “Our position on the so-called day after is very clear,” she said, speaking alongside her counterpart from Luxembourg.

“There must be no occupation of the Gaza Strip, no expulsions and no reduction in the size of the territory. And at the same time, there must be no more danger to Israel from the Gaza Strip,” Baerbock added.

Fears have grown that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could spread, after one of the militant group’s leaders was assassinated in the Beirut suburbs.

The risk of escalation is “very real,” Fischer said. Germany on Wednesday urged its citizens to leave Lebanon as quickly as possible.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also set out on Thursday on a diplomatic tour of the Middle East, including Israel, his fourth since the war began.

Khalil Wakim, with AFP