US Mediator Hopeful of Lebanon-Israel Demarcation Deal

US mediator Amos Hochstein voiced hope Monday of reaching an agreement on maritime border demarcation between Lebanon and the Israeli entity in coming weeks.

The US envoy held talks in Beirut with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

“I remain optimistic that we can make continuous progress as we have over the last several weeks and I look forward to coming back to the region and being able to make the final arrangements,” Hochstein told reporters.

On Sunday, Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayad said the US mediator presented a new proposal for demarcating maritime border with Israel.

The proposal calls for maintaining Lebanon’s complete right in the Qana gas field along with a change on line 23, a change that eventually would allow ceding part of Karish gas field to Israel.

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