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Israel Security Cabinet to ratify maritime border deal with Lebanon

October 12, 2022 at 11:26 am

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (2nd R) meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati​ (2nd L) after the maritime border agreement between Lebanon and Israel was signed in Beirut, Lebanon on October 11, 2022. [Hussam Shbaro – Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s Security Cabinet and the government will meet today to ratify the maritime border demarcation agreement with Lebanon, before submitting it to the Knesset for a mandatory two week review, local media reported yesterday.

The Israeli Security Cabinet will meet early in the morning to review and ratify the maritime border deal with Lebanon, followed by a Knesset meeting.

Earlier, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid announced reaching a “historic” agreement with Lebanon, adding that the government will approve it today.

“This is a historic achievement that will strengthen Israel’s security, inject billions into Israel’s economy, and ensure the stability of our northern border,” Lapid said in a statement.

His comments came after Lebanon received the final draft of the US-brokered agreement with Israel.

For his part, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the terms of the latest draft satisfied Beirut.

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