Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed
Gulf Today|December 01, 2020
The two countries have engaged in indirect, USmediated talks to draw a sea border; negotiations are the first non-security related talks between the two states

Protesters hold Iraqi flags as they head towards Tahrir Square during a demonstration in Baghdad on Sunday. Associated Press

Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders that were scheduled to take place this week have been postponed, Israeli and Lebanese officials said on Monday.

The two countries have engaged in indirect, US-mediated talks to draw a sea border, despite formally being in a state of war.

The last round of talks were held in November and hosted in by the United Nations in a southern Lebanese border town.

The negotiations are the first non-security related talks between the two states.

An Israeli official confirmed that Wednesday’s scheduled summit was postponed, and said the American mediators “decided to focus on dialogue between the two sides at the moment, in order to prepare the ground for the next round of talks.”

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the official wasn’t authorised to speak to journalists.

In Beirut, a Lebanese official confirmed that the talks have been postponed until further notice.

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