Lebanon, Israel begin landmark maritime border talks

LebanonandIsrael, still technically at war, began unprecedented talks sponsored by theUnited Nations and the United States on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute and clear the way for oil and gas exploration.Following years of US shuttle diplomacy, Lebanon and Israel this month said they had agreed to begin UN-brokered negotiations, in what Washington hailed a “historic” agreement.The talks, held at a base of UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL in the Lebanese border town of Naqura, come weeks after Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates became the first Arab states to establish relations wit…

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