Lebanese sources reveal Pompeo's offer of mediation with

Lebanese sources revealed that US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, proposed during his meeting Lebanese officials to sponsor his country mediation to resolve the maritime border dispute with Israel, an area located in the Lebanese economic waters and explores Lebanon's oil and gas.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed the United States' willingness to help with UN efforts to tackle the demarcation of the southern border during a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted the sources as saying that the importance of the visit was "ended (Huff's proposal) to demarcate the maritime border (which was based on the acceptance of Lebanon to relinquish its right to maritime Block( 8 )in its economic waters, an area exceeding 800 square kilometers) Said that the second importance of Pompeo's visit was that "it revived what was previously agreed that the United Nations will bring together representatives of the two parties, in the presence of the American mediator, to consolidate Lebanon's right and demarcate the maritime border."

According to the sources, Washington's willingness to lead the mediation came after the visit of Pompeo to Tel Aviv, indicating "American guarantees about Israel's participation in these talks under the auspices of the United Nations and abandon its claims about its alleged ownership in the Lebanese economic waters."

The sources said the Speaker of the Parliament said that "going to negotiations is expected to put the American mediator practical plan to launch it." It is expected that the representatives and experts of both sides will participate in the demarcation of the border.

Lebanon is now in the process of exploration and confirmation of its oil and gas reserves at sea, in a crucial time span until 2020, opening a new licensing cycle and installing additional oil blocks during this period.



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