Nasrallah claims demarcation talks not moving despite Lebanese optimism


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Nasrallah claims demarcation talks not moving despite Lebanese optimism
Nasrallah warned that an tit-for-tat strikes between Hezbollah and Israel "may turn matters into a war."
Published: JULY 20, 2022

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah claimed on Tuesday night that indirect maritime border demarcation talks between Lebanon and Israel were not moving forward, despite optimistic statements by Lebanese officials in recent weeks, according to the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper.

"So far, the American mediator in the border demarcation negotiations has not come up with a clear answer, although Lebanon has made great concessions, and what Lebanon wants at the minimum has not been obtained," said Nasrallah in remarks during a meeting with clerics ahead of Ashura, a Muslim holy day which marks the day God parted the Red Sea for the Israelites in the Exodus and for Shi'ite Muslims also marks the day when the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein was killed in battle.

The Hezbollah leader added that while there are "positive signs," Hezbollah is "still waiting, but there is no response from the enemy until today." Nasrallah also rejected claims that the terrorist movement was disrupting negotiations, claiming that a recent speech of his "led to affirming the negotiations, not disrupting them."