The offering of historical maritime boundary negotiations as Israel and Lebanon agree to negotiate
In a historical development with the potential to change conditions and bring stability and stability to the Eastern Mediterranean region, Israel and Lebanon have planned to sit down to hold groundbreaking maritime boundary talks. After the negotiations, the long-running maritime border dispute between the nations will likely cease.
The Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament communicated that the two officially negotiated a diplomatic process in war countries which would take place under the leadership of the United Nations. The talks are expected to begin in mid-October.
The United States has praised and accepted the “historic deal” that followed the country’s mediation for three years. In a tweet, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “This provides people of both countries the opportunity for greater peace, protection, and prosperity.”
There is a long-standing disagreement between Lebanon and Israel over the conflicting territories claimed by both countries in the eastern Mediterranean Region. The settlement of the continuing dispute would allow both countries to access and take advantage of offshore natural gas fields. The two nations, Israel and Lebanon, have been at war since the Arab-Israeli conflict of 1948–49.
There is no land boundary deal between them, but they are committed to a truce in the “Blue Line.” When the Israeli forces retreated from southern Lebanon in 2000, bringing an end to their 22-year occupation, the line was drawn up by the UN. The region is regarded as one of the region’s most dangerous and fragile frontiers.
Here, the Israeli forces are confronting the Lebanese army and Hezbollah, the Shia militant group. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil) is present here to continue the efforts of the United Nations to restore peace between the warring parties.
During a news conference in Beirut on Thursday, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said talks will take place at Unifil ‘s headquarters in Naqoura, a coastal town in southern Lebanon. He read out a copy of the framework agreement that was “not the final one.” “This Framework Agreement sets the foundation for the Lebanese negotiator, the Lebanese army with its strong leadership and its specialised personnel, supported by the President of Lebanon and every potential administration.”
It is said that the deal was established before Lebanese officials were approved by the US. Berri leads the campaign of Shia Amal, which is an affiliate of Hezbollah. Sanctioned Lebanese officials include Ali Hassan Khalil, the outgoing finance minister, who is accused of selling Hezbollah products and wrongdoing by the US.
The Israeli delegation to the talks will be headed by Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister. He said that after the Jewish Sukkot Festival ends on October 10, direct talks are likely to begin. “Our aim is to bring an end to the controversy over the demarcation of economic water between Israel and Lebanon in order to better grow natural resources for the good of all the peoples of the region,” he said.