Beirut tells US envoy it will drop Karish claim for full control of second gas field

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Beirut tells US envoy it will drop Karish claim for full control of second gas field
Lebanese leaders meet US energy official Amos Hochstein, officials say attempt to widen disputed area to so-called Line 29 dropped by Beirut after Israel refused to engage
By Agencies
14 June 2022

BEIRUT — Lebanese negotiators said Tuesday they would be willing to drop demands for control of part of a gas field claimed by Israel, but in exchange would seek full control of another gas field that also straddles the countries’ offshore economic zones, an official said. The offer, made Tuesday to a visiting US mediator for the maritime border deal with Israel, held back on demands for territory where Israel plans to imminently extract gas, an official said.

Beirut’s proposal however included a claim for all of a separate field that it had initially only sought part of, the official close to the negotiations said. The new offer, which would give Israel the Karish field and Lebanon the Qana field, was made during meetings between Lebanon’s top leaders and US envoy Amos Hochstein, who landed in Beirut on Monday to relaunch indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel after a year-long pause. Hochstein said after the meeting that the suggestions “will enable the negotiations to go forward.”

more............... https://www.timesofisrael.com/beiru...h-claim-for-full-control-of-second-gas-field/
 
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