President Michel Aoun said Tuesday that he is monitoring the U.S. mediation efforts in the land and maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel. His comments were made during a meeting with David Schenker, the United States assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.
Schenker met multiple Lebanese officials on his first visit to the country since taking his post in June.
Aoun said that many points were agreed upon while Schenker’s predecessor, David Satterfield, was in charge of the mediation and that only few issues remained disputed, according to a statement from the presidency.
Schenker emphasized his country’s readiness to revive its efforts to resolve the dispute.
Lebanon and Israel, which have remained in a technical state of war since 1948, have long disagreed on border demarcations in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, an issue that has gained prominence in the past decade, after large deposits of natural gas were found there.
The president stressed Lebanon’s commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, despite Israel’s violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty through air, maritime and land breaches. The resolution ended the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Schenker stressed his country’s support of Lebanon’s stability and the keenness of the U.S. to enhance bilateral ties.