Lebanon pushes for French mediation in border dispute with Israel
(28 April 2016)
The Speaker of Lebanon's Parliament, Nabih Berri, asked French President Francois Hollande to help Lebanon resolve its maritime border dispute with Israel.
Lebanon rejects the maritime agreement signed between Israel and Cyprus in 2011. According to Berri, this agreement enabled Israel to "seize Lebanon's Exclusive Economic Zone."
The Lebanese government seeks to exploit several oil and gas deposits in the disputed area and thus has an interest in resolving the dispute. Berri was quoted as telling Hollande: “The French Total company is among several companies which are designated to invest in this wealth.”