The Lebanese president promises to work on border talks with Israel

The Lebanese president promises to work on border talks with Israel

, June 9 (Xinhua) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun promised on Thursday to continue working on the issue of demarcation at sea in the hope of achieving favorable results during his planned talks with US mediators, the Lebanese presidency said in a statement.

Aoun’s comments came after sent an Energean Power to enter the Karish gas field on Sunday, which Israel claims is within its economic zone while Lebanon claims it is in disputed waters. The dispute prompted Lebanese authorities to request that US mediator Amos Hochsteinto visit Lebanon’s capital Beirut early next week.

“We will ask Hochstein to resume its efforts to resume indirect negotiations, especially as through these negotiations Lebanon wants to be able to invest its oil and gas wealth in Lebanese waters, and to maintain stability and in the border region (with Israel),” he said. Aoun for senior diplomats from , , and in Lebanon.

Israel said on Wednesday it was “prepared to defend” the disputed rig near the Israeli-Lebanese border in the Mediterranean, and asked Lebanon to speed up talks on the disputed zone.

In a joint statement by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Minister Karin Elharar, Israel called on Lebanon “to speed up negotiations on the maritime border”.


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