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U.S. Resumes Mediation Efforts in Israel-Lebanon Maritime Dispute

A State Department spokesperson said a decision on the maritime boundary is one for Israel and Lebanon to make.
U.S. resumes mediation efforts in Israel-Lebanon maritime dispute
Israeli navy vessels patrol in the Mediterranean waters off the coast of an area along the Israel-Lebanon border in May 2021. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP via Getting Images


The U.S. has resumed its mediation efforts in the maritime dispute between Israel and Lebanon.

Why it matters: An agreement over a disputed area of the eastern Mediterranean Sea could allow Lebanon to begin natural gas exploration, which may boost its imperiled economy.

Catch up fast: Lebanon and Israel each claim a potentially gas-rich, 330-square-mile area off their borders in the Mediterranean Sea.

  • The latest round of U.S.-mediated talks began last year, but stalled due to the pandemic and the political crisis in Lebanon.
  • State Department energy envoy Amos Hochstein, who is leading the mediation efforts, had last visited the two countries in November.

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