Lebanon, Israel close to framework for land-sea border talks

The purported negotiations are to be overseen by Washington, which has been mediating between the two Mideast nations.

28 May 2019 | 18:13

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 28 May 2019 | 18:13

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield who is attempting to mediate a border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, meets with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil at the Lebanese foreign ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said Lebanon and Israel are close to establishing a framework for negotiations on demarcating the Lebanese-Israeli land and maritime borders.

In a statement, it said the form of negotiations to be held under United Nations auspices and the role of each of the concerned parties is still being worked out.

The purported negotiations are to be overseen by Washington, which has been mediating between the two Mideast nations.

The statement came after a meeting Tuesday between Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and U.S. Acting Secretary of State David Satterfield. He has been shuttling between the two countries to mediate in the border dispute.

The Foreign Ministry said Satterfield conveyed Israel’s response to the Lebanese proposals and that the atmosphere was “positive.”

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