On Monday, a Lebanese political source refuted reports that Beirut was close to reaching an agreement with Israel on the demarcation of their maritime border.
Under the condition of anonymity, the source stated that Lebanon had not been notified of any stance on this topic. “Lebanon has not been informed of any position regarding this matter so far,” the source stated.
On Sunday, an Israeli television channel claimed that negotiations between Israel and Lebanon about a maritime boundary pact were nearing completion.
According to maps submitted to the United Nations in 2011, Lebanon and Israel disagree on a marine area of approximately 860 square kilometers or 332 square miles in size.
The region is extremely abundant in both oil and natural gas.
Under the auspices of the United Nations and with the United States acting as a mediator, Lebanon and Israel participated in five rounds of indirect negotiations. The most recent round of negotiations took place in May of 2021. However, progress was not made due to significant discrepancies.