Lebanese President Settles Delegation Issue Ahead of The 'Indirect' Border Talks With Israel

Published October 13th, 2020 - 09:27 GMT
United Nations peacekeeping force (UNIFIL) vehicles patrol the Lebanese southern coastal area of Naqura by the border with Israel, on October 11, 2020. (AFP)
United Nations peacekeeping force (UNIFIL) vehicles patrol the Lebanese southern coastal area of Naqura by the border with Israel, on October 11, 2020. (AFP)

President Michel Aoun Tuesday met with UN officials and the delegation that will represent Lebanon on the eve of indirect talks with Israel on the disputed maritime borders.

Aoun first met with UN special coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis at Baabda Palace, followed by a meeting with the Lebanese delegation, Army Commander Joseph Aoun and caretaker Defense Minister Zeina Akar.

Lebanon Monday announced the final names of the delegation that will take part in the US mediated indirect talks with Israel for the demarcation of the disputed maritime borders.


The four members of the delegation are: Air force Brig. Gen. Bassam Yassin, who will be heading the delegation; Navy Col. Mazen Basbous; Lebanese Petroleum Administration board member Wissam Chbat; and maritime affairs expert Najib Massihi.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri two weeks ago announced that Lebanon and Israel had agreed on a framework to hold US-mediated indirect talks over the demarcation of the disputed land and maritime borders.

The first round of the talks is set to be held Wednesday at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, south of Lebanon, in the presence of both US and UN officials.

Kubis is expected to attend the opening session of the talks, in addition to US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker and US Ambassador to Algeria John Desrocher, who will serve as the US mediator in the negotiations between the two states that are still formally at war.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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