Israel and Lebanon will open direct negotiations between the two countries

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On the way to another political achievement? Lebanese parliament speaker Nabiya Berry announced today (Thursday) Lebanon and Israel are expected to hold direct negotiations on the issue of land and sea borders between them. According to his reports, the United States is expected to be the sole mediator in the talks.

Berry recently said that “Lebanon and Israel are interested in resolving the long-standing dispute between them over the location of the borders.” Berry also said that the talks are expected to take place in the border area between the two countries, under the supervision of the United Nations and the United States, “and that they seek a solution to the matter as soon as possible.” In the Lebanese town of Nakura.

In a speech at the UN, Netanyahu unveiled a Hezbollah weapons site in Beirut. Photo: Reuters

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz confirmed this and announced that Israel and Lebanon would hold direct US-mediated contacts on the economic water borders between them. The minister further said that he “welcomes the agreements to open negotiations which were reached following indirect negotiations through American mediation that has been going on for about two years. “Our goal is to bring an end to the dispute over the demarcation of economic water between Israel and Lebanon in order to assist in the development of natural resources for the benefit of all the peoples of the region.”

Minister Steinitz added: “I thank US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his staff and emissaries David Sutterfield and David Shenkar for their mobilization on the issue. We look forward to the opening of direct negotiations in the near future. Our goal is to bring an end to the dispute over the demarcation of economic water between Israel and Lebanon in order to assist in the development of natural resources for the benefit of all the peoples of the region. I thank Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his staff and Meir Ben-Shabbat and the staff of the National Security Council who are closely following the process.

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Nasrallah calls Netanyahu a liar and invites the media to visit the site in Janah (Photo: Reuters)

Earlier this week, in a speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, of firing missiles and large weapons at a civilian population in Beirut. Netanyahu linked this to the disaster of the explosion in the port of Beirut about two months ago and even called on the city’s residents to come out and demonstrate against Hezbollah’s presence there.

Nasrallah was quick to publish a response to Netanyahu’s speech, in which he denied his accusations and even invited local journalists to take a tour and see that there was no truth in things. That same evening, photos from the tour conducted by Hezbollah were published.







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