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Lebanon touts ‘new opportunity’ for maritime border talks with Israel

Lebanese leaders this week indicated a willingness to continue negotiations with Israel about the countries’ maritime border.
In a meeting with US Senior Adviser for Global Energy Security Amos Hochstein in Beirut on Wednesday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun expressed “Lebanon’s readiness to continue to cooperate positively” with the talks, Arab News reported.
“We have a new opportunity to resume negotiations in Naquora, with the new US efforts being exerted in this context,” Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency.
Following the meeting with Hochstein, Lebanese Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib said: “The issue of demarcating the maritime borders with occupied Palestine was discussed, and the atmosphere was positive.”