Lebanon-Israel agreement on 86 square kilometers of eastern Mediterranean?

(To Maria Grazia Labellarte)

At the start of the negotiations between Lebanon and Israel on the maritime border that binds both countries, Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli Minister for National Infrastructures and Energy and Water Resources, will in fact be the signatory of a memorandum of understanding to promote the agreement: we are talking about an area of ​​86 square kilometers of the eastern Mediterranean Sea, rich in minerals and above all in "natural gas".

The signing of the memorandum of understanding is expected in mid-October in the southern Lebanese city of Naquora, near Rosh Hanikra, where the headquarters of Unifil in Lebanon are based.

The negotiations will be overseen by a senior US official, most likely the Secretary of State for Affairs of the Near East David Schenker, who will oversee the talks, along with a UN speaker.

Meanwhile, Michel Aoun, president of Lebanon, would have asked the international community, during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the end of Israeli violations on its territory, as well as the continued compliance with the resolution 1701 of the United Nations Security Council calling for a full cessation of hostilities and Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

Press sources reveal that the ten-year dispute over the maritime border would have ended in favor of Lebanon, which would like to start drilling natural gas. We recall that the country is experiencing a tragic moment from an economic-political point of view and has new important reconstruction challenges to face.

Alongside the question of natural gas, there is also the water issue of water ... already analyzed by us (v.articolo).

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