BEIRUT: In a bid to resolve Lebanon's maritime border dispute with Israel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker held talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri.
Schenker, who replaced David Satterfield in June, vowed to revive mediation efforts after they stalled over the past few months.
Berri welcomed the effort, while reiterating that Lebanon « cannot handle increased economic pressure, » in reference to the latest U.S sanctions targeting Jammal Trust Bank.
« Lebanon is fully committed to the international standards to counter money laundering, » he said.
On Monday, the leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, Hassan Nasrallah, labelledurged Lebanese officials to negotiate from a point of strength with Schenker, "a friend of Israel.
Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers, about 330 square miles, of the Mediterranean Sea.
Lebanon hopes to unleash offshore oil and gas production as it grapples with an economic crisis. Washington is mediating between the two countries, which have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948.
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