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Mo: Lebanon invites US mediator to Beirut for gas negotiations

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(ANSAMed) – BEIRUT, JUN 06 – The President of the Lebanese Republic Michel Aoun formally sent the US mediator Amos Hochstein to go to Beirut as soon as possible to discuss the negotiations with Israel for the demarcation of the maritime border between the two countries.

This was reported by the Lebanese government agency NNA, after Aoun and the outgoing Lebanese premier Najib Miqati protested over the weekend that the Israeli side had started preparations for the extraction of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean, via a floating platform. arrived in the disputed area in recent days.

Direct negotiations between Israel and Lebanon, mediated by the US, began in 2020 but the negotiations, at a distance, began in 2010.

In the negotiation, the Lebanese side had previously expressed its willingness to claim sovereignty over a part of the disputed territory, leaving room for a possible agreement to be reached. But later President Aoun himself presented a request defined as “maximalist” and considered unacceptable by Israel.

The outgoing Lebanese premier and Aoun himself, a close ally of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, close to Iran and a rival of Israel, yesterday defined the presence of the floating naval unit at the service of the ministry as a “provocation” and a “hostile act” of Israeli energy. (ANSAMed).

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