Israeli officials: Progress made in talks with Lebanon over maritime borders, but gaps remain

Jewish channel I24 quoted Israeli officials as saying “progress has been made in negotiations with Lebanon over maritime borders”, emphasizing that “gaps still exist and more time is needed to overcome them.”

Amos Hochstein, the American mediator for the demarcation of the maritime border between Lebanon and Israel, met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun last Friday and discussed negotiations with Israel on the maritime border.

On Friday in Tel Aviv, Hochstein held meetings with National Security Adviser Eyal Holta and Foreign Ministry Director General Alon Auschwitz, where he described Hochstein’s visit to the region as “decisive” in relation to attempts to resolve the maritime border dispute, to reach an agreement between states and prevent escalation on the northern border.

It is worth noting that last week, US President Joe Biden began to personally intervene in negotiations between Israel and Lebanon, saying last week in a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid that he was “interested in reaching an agreement within a few weeks.” .”

According to I24, a senior official in the US administration explained that Biden raised these issues by saying that the issue became urgent, and the absence of an agreement could lead to serious consequences for the region.

Source: “I24”

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