Lebanon Ready to Resume Talks on Disputed Maritime Border

A helicopter flies over a base of the U.N. peacekeeping force, where U.S.-mediated talks were held over a disputed maritime border between Israel and Lebanon, in the southern town of Naqoura, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

Lebanon is ready to resume negotiations over the demarcation of a southern maritime border that is disputed with Israel, President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday.

Longtime foes Lebanon and Israel started indirect negotiations through a U.S. mediator in 2020 at a U.N. peacekeeping base in Lebanon’s Naqoura, but the talks have stalled several times.

The maritime border dispute has held up exploration in the potentially gas-rich area.

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