US regrets Lebanon-Israel maritime stalemate, offers mediation

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voices regret over a stalemate in maritime border talks between Israel and Lebanon and offers Washington’s mediation.

The two nations, which remain technically at war, opened negotiations in October after quiet US diplomacy, seeking to clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration sought by both.

“Regrettably, despite goodwill on both sides, the parties remain far apart,” says Pompeo, who has one month left in office after US President Donald Trump’s electoral defeat.

Illustrative: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington, on August 19, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

“The United States remains ready to mediate constructive discussions and urges both sides to negotiate based on the respective maritime claims both have previously deposited at the United Nations.”