The Lebanese delegation is pushing for an additional 1,430 square kilometers to be included in the Lebanese territory, which is significant because it taps into the area recognized as an Israeli gas field (Karish).
According to Asharq al-Awsat, Israel is refusing to even discuss Lebanon’s new request.
Quoting an Israeli source, the daily said that the Israeli delegation was “surprised” when Lebanon presented a new map “demanding not only the disputed area of 860 kilometers but also an additional 1,430 kilometers inside the Israeli zone in economic waters,” and claimed Lebanon is aiming to have “full control of two Israeli gas fields.”
The topic reportedly led to a “heated debate” between the delegations in Ras al-Naqoura, where they will meet for the fourth round of negotiations on November 11th.
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