Lebanon Announces Framework Deal For Border Talks With Israel

Lebanon Ready For Border Talks With Israel
Reuters/Aziz Taher

In a press conference that he held on Thursday, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri revealed a framework agreement upon which Lebanon and Israel will demarcate their maritime and land borders.

The discussion regarding this longstanding dispute resumed after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Lebanon recently, Berri said.

The framework agreement adheres to the April 1996 Lebanese-Israeli Ceasefire Understanding and UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and remains subject to amendments.

The negotiations will be carried out, from the Lebanese side, by the Lebanese Army, under the auspices of the UN, at the UN headquarters in Naqoura, South Lebanon, with the mediation and facilitation of the United States.

“I personally asked the Americans to help in this file,” Berri said, adding that the US intends to exert “its utmost efforts” to establish a positive atmosphere between Lebanon and Israel in order to conclude the negotiations as soon as possible.

“Lebanon, through its army, resistance, and people cannot be threatened. We want our right and we won’t renounce it,” he stressed.

According to Berri, the demarcation will be beneficial to Lebanon’s economy.

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