Lebanon expects US impartiality in dialogue with Israel
Beirut, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) Lebanon expects impartial behavior from the United States in the Beirut-Tel Aviv negotiations to demarcate land and sea borders, according to a statement from the Lebanese presidential office today.
According to that note, the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, considered that he depends to a great extent on the mediating role of Washington to reach just solutions.
Aoun expressed these criteria during an interview with the US Undersecretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, who is visiting this country.
'The American role can help overcome difficulties that hinder the negotiation process,' said the head of state.
Schenker was hopeful that the negotiations will be completed as soon as possible and the results will be positive.
Subsequently, the American visitor met with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and discussed regional developments and the talks on the demarcation of the border between Lebanon and Israel.
Hariri emerged again as a favorite to occupy the head of the Government, a position he resigned on October 28, 2019, but now has the support of the majority of the parliamentary blocs.
Last Wednesday, Beirut and Tel Aviv held a first round of indirect talks on the border lines.
The Israelis claim 856 square kilometers of a maritime area nestled in what the Lebanese call Block 4 belonging to their exclusive economic zone.
The border dispute has stalled the work of the companies Eni (Italy), Total (France) and Novatek (Russia), contracted by the Lebanese government for offshore prospecting for gas and fuel.
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