President Aoun: Maritime border talks in ‘final stages’

Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced on Monday that negotiations to demarcate the southern maritime borders have reached the “final stages” in a way that guarantees the nation’s rights to explore for oil and gas.

This follows the arrival of  Amos Hochstein, the U.S diplomat mediating talks between Lebanon and Israel over their shared maritime border in Beirut almost two weeks ago.

Lebanon and Israel have been locked in US-mediated negotiations for over a year to delineate a shared maritime border that would help determine which oil and gas resources belong to which country and pave the way for more exploration.

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