Sea border talks between Lebanon and Israel are set to be completed in the “coming days,” an official says
(Reuters) – Negotiations on the Lebanese-Israeli sea border could soon be concluded, a senior Lebanese official said on Tuesday.
“We’re talking a few weeks, to be honest a few days. I’m optimistic about a positive outcome,” General Abbas Ibrahim, director of Lebanon’s General Security, told Al Jadeed TV channel.
Israel and Lebanon are at odds over a sea area in which they are planning energy projects.
The indirect talks between the two countries are being conducted under the auspices of the United States, which has sent a diplomat to mediate between the two parties.
According to Israeli and Lebanese officials, a proposal by Israel would allow Lebanon to develop gas reserves in the disputed area while preserving the Jewish state’s trade rights.
Lebanese officials have requested that the proposal be presented to them in writing before a final response is given, a source familiar with the matter said.
(Report Maya Gebeily; French version Camille Raynaud)
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