US Mediator Arrives in Beirut, Meets Lebanon Army Chief and Other Officials

US envoy Amos Hochstein arrived in Beirut Sunday with the aim of resolving a maritime border dispute between Lebanon and the Israeli entity over Mediterranean waters with offshore gas fields.

“Reaching a resolution is both necessary and possible, but can only be done through negotiations and diplomacy,” the US State Department said in a statement ahead of Hochstein’s visit.

Washington’s envoy for global infrastructure and investment is “facilitating negotiations between Lebanon and Israel on the maritime boundary”, the statement added.

Hochstein met on Sunday Lebanon’s caretaker Energy Minister Walid Fayad , Lebanon army chief Joseph Aoun , the Director-General of Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim and caretaker PM Najib Mikati who hosted a dinner for him to which Ibrahim and parliament deputy speaker Elias About Saab were invited

He is scheduled to meet with President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday.

Aoun reportedly already invited Berri and Mikati for a meeting on Monday to discuss Lebanon’s position with regards to Israel’s new offer that Hochstein brought with him on Sunday

Hezbollah’s Military Media Department released on Sunday video showing the Israeli platforms operating in the Mediterranean, warning the Zionist enemy of its attempts to plunder Lebanon’s gas and oil fields.

The video shows surveillance scenes taken from land and air, some form yesterday, for Israeli vessels at the Karish field near the Lebanese maritime borders.

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