President Michel Aoun denied that the maritime border deal had any “political implications,” after Israel said the deal between the two enemy states amounted to Lebanon recognizing Israel.
“Demarcating the southern maritime border is technical work that has no political implications or effects contradicting Lebanon’s foreign policy,” Aoun said about the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid had earlier claimed that Lebanon’s intention to ink the deal amounted to a de-facto recognition of the “State of Israel.”
“The State of Israel won today. In security, economically, diplomatically, and in energy,” Lapid added.
The deal was hailed by U.S. President Joe Biden as a “historic breakthrough.”