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Lebanon, France, Germany discuss demarcation of Israel’s northern border

April 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Former Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Lebanon [Ratib Al Safadi/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanon Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Gebran Bassil yesterday met with French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher and German Ambassador to Lebanon George Berglin to discuss a number of issues including the demarcation of its borders with Israel.

Bassil also discussed with the European ambassadors the Syrian refugee crisis and the outputs of the Cedar Conference in which international donors and investors discussed supporting Lebanon’s economy.

Tension has recently escalated between Lebanon and Israel over land and maritime borders demarcation after the discovery of large oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea.

Earlier in February, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri accused Israel of violating Lebanon’s waters by licensing a company to “exploit an area” for oil and gas near disputed borders.

Lebanon and Israel have an unresolved maritime border dispute over a sea zone of about 860 square kilometres.

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