Lebanon Urges US to Prevent Israel From ‘Continuing Assaults on Sovereignty’

Lebanon Urges US to Prevent Israel From ‘Continuing Assaults on Sovereignty’
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REUTERS/ Ali HashishoMiddle East14:47 15.02.2018(updated 15:08 15.02.2018) Get short URL221

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beirut looked for Washington’s “effective role” in settling Lebanon’s dispute with Israel as the two states had clashed over the offshore oil drilling areas.

Aoun called on the United States to “work on preventing Israel from continuing its assaults on Lebanese sovereignty,” saying Beirut sticks to its internationally recognized borders and dismissed Israeli claims over a disputed maritime zone.

Israel and Lebanon have been at odds over the eastern Mediterranean gas field. Beirut has put up for tender for the right to explore two energy blocks, namely, Block 4 and Block 9, by a consortium of foreign energy companies. The Israeli authorities have protested the move with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying that the zone was Tel Aviv’s “by any definition.” The Lebanese president then said that the claim threatened the country

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