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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