Lebanese President: demarcation of the border will end soon
Lebanese President Michel Aoun asserts that the period is short for us to reach a solution, saying he thinks an understanding with the Americans is reached.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun affirmed that "the issue of border demarcation will be finalized soon," and that "the results will be positive and in the interest of both parties."
In a television interview on OTV, President Aoun said that "if things were not positive, Beirut would have stopped the negotiations." Aoun explained that "The demarcation of the borders will end soon, it will not take a long time, and the solution will be in everyone's interest."
"We will reach a solution in a short period, and I believe we have reached an understanding with the Americans who are mediating with 'Israel'," he added, noting that there is a "positive atmosphere" in the negotiations.
On the other hand, Aoun confirmed that "the tour conducted by Minister of Energy and Water Walid Fayyad regarding gas and electricity was positive," explaining in this regard that "the task is to finalize the necessary transactions with the parties that give us gas."
The minister "went to Egypt and Iraq and spoke with them. Thankfully, the results are positive," he added.
Axios: US pressured Lebanon to criticize Hezbollah for drones
US-based Axios website said President Joe Biden's administration pressured the Lebanese government to criticize Hezbollah's sending of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to the Karish field natural gas platform in the Mediterranean sea.
Citing sources briefed on the issue, the website indicated that "U.S. energy envoy Amos Hochstein and U.S. ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea spoke to senior political and military leaders in Lebanon over the weekend," adding that both of them "raised concerns about the drones incident and asked the Lebanese government to publicly speak against it."
Lebanese Resistance movement Hezbollah had released a statement on the three UAVs sent on a recon mission over the Karish gas field, before being shot down by Israeli occupation forces.
Israeli occupation forces had announced that they shot down the three UAVs off the Mediterranean coast. One of the UAVs was downed by an F16 fighter jet, and the other two by Barak missiles launched from the Saar 5 Class Corvette, according to a statement by the IOF.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had recently threatened the Israeli occupation over its attempts to forcibly extract gas from the contested region, saying the resistance is prepared to prevent them from infringing on Lebanese sovereignty.