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Israeli negotiators meet US envoy on maritime dispute with Lebanon

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Israeli negotiators met with a US mediator in an effort to resolve a maritime border dispute with Lebanon, Israel’s Energy Ministry said on Saturday.

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“The team heard an update from the mediator’s visit to Lebanon and the parties discussed formulating constructive directions for moving forward with negotiations,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The ministry said it would preserve Israel’s economic and security interests but intends to “resolve the issue in the near future.”

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The dispute between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime boundary has obstructed energy exploration in parts of the eastern Mediterranean and risks exacerbating tensions between two foes.

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