Maritime Deal

Israel and Lebanon signed a deal on October 27 that resolves a maritime border dispute, opening the door for mutual offshore oil drilling in the Mediterranean Sea. The two nations are still in a state of war and have no diplomatic relations. While this signals an important moment in Israeli-Lebanese relations, it displays the deepening French influence in the affairs of Lebanon.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed the agreement and Israel followed suit shortly after. The chief negotiator was the United States special envoy Amos Hochstein, who praised the two sides for their goodwill. A ceremony will take place at a United Nations base in Lebanon to commemorate the new agreement.

Read more at “Israel and Lebanon Sign Landmark Maritime Deal”

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