US envoy Amos Hochstein arrived in Beirut earlier today to push talks to resolve a maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel over Mediterranean waters with offshore gas fields.
“Reaching a resolution is both necessary and possible, but can only be done through negotiations and diplomacy,” the US State Department said in a statement ahead of Hochstein’s visit.
Washington’s envoy for global infrastructure and investment is “facilitating negotiations between Lebanon and Israel on the maritime boundary,” the statement added.
Hochstein met with Lebanon’s Energy Minister Walid Fayyad, and is scheduled to meet with President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Najib Mikati the following day.
“Hochstein brings a new proposal to the Lebanese officials, and he told me that it was positive and denied any rumors about joint excavations between Lebanon and Israel,” Fayyad says following the meeting according to the Lebanese Akhbar al-Yawm.