The senior diplomat of Lebanon stated on Sunday that he anticipates his nation and Israel to strike a sea delimitation agreement in September.
Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib addressed the resumption of negotiations between Lebanon and Israel in June, mediated by the United States, during an interview with the LBCI television programme.
Bou Habib stated that information gathered from US and UN authorities shows that progress has been made in the negotiations, but did not elaborate.
Three unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were deployed toward an Israeli gas rig in the Karish field in the Mediterranean Sea in what the Israeli army claimed as a reconnaissance mission in Israel’s exclusive economic zone near the Lebanese border.
Hezbollah, a Lebanese organisation, confirmed the drone operation and stated that it was intended to send a “message” to Israel on its capabilities.
Hezbollah has already declared that it is willing to use force against Israeli gas drilling operations in contested offshore areas, stating that “all options are on the table.”
According to maps submitted to the United Nations in 2011 by both Lebanon and Israel, the two nations are at odds over 860 square kilometres of the Mediterranean Sea.