Lebanon: Written offer for maritime demarcation expected this week
The Lebanese presidency says it is expected to receive a written offer from the US mediator to demarcate the maritime borders before the end of this week.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun was briefed by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Elias Bou Saab, on the results of his recent visit to New York, the latest developments related to the maritime border demarcation file, and his meetings with the American mediator, Amos Hochstein.
The Presidency released a Tweet stating that Bou Saab confirmed that "the written offer that Hochstein will send is expected to arrive in Baabda (Lebanese Presidential Palace) before the end of this week."
الرئيس عون اطلع من نائب رئيس مجلس النواب الياس بو صعب على نتائج زيارته الأخيرة الى نيو يورك وآخر التطورات في ملف ترسيم الحدود البحرية ولقاءاته مع الوسيط الاميركي اموس هوكستين، وبو صعب اكد ان العرض الخطي الذي سيرسله هوكستين متوقع وصوله الى بعبدا قبل نهاية الاسبوع الحالي— Lebanese Presidency (@LBpresidency) September 26, 2022
Earlier, the Lebanese President spoke about breakthroughs on the issue of demarcation of the Lebanese southern maritime borders, assuring that Lebanon will receive the wealth it deserves and that this file is reaching its "Happy endings".
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati also stressed earlier that Lebanon adheres to its sovereignty, wealth and rights in its territorial waters, saying that the country is nearing an agreement with "Israel" on the demarcation of maritime borders.
A few days ago, Israeli media said that Washington made a new offer to "Israel" and Lebanon on the demarcation of the maritime border, noting that "the settlement proposal is centered around line 23."
The US mediator in the southern maritime border demarcation file visited Lebanon on September 9 and presented new proposals to Lebanon, Al Mayadeen revealed in an exclusive report.
The recent rapid development of events was followed by a speech made by Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, where he explicitly stated that while the Resistance waits on the results of the negotiations, its "eyes and missiles are directed towards Karish."
It's noteworthy that the Lebanese Resistance, Hezbollah, has been a very effective factor in bringing the Israelis to the indirect negotiations table after it announced from day one that it has the Lebanese government's back in its righteous and sovereign claims, and extraction from Karish without guarantees to Lebanon that it will be able to explore and extract its maritime resources is a red-line, with the Israeli military receiving the threats loud and clear and increasing preparation to anticipate operations against the gas platform by the Resistance.