Lebanon-Israel maritime talks to conclude in ‘days,’ official says

An agreement put forward by US mediator Amos Hochstein stipulated that Lebanon gain control over the Qana field in exchange for granting Israel full rights in the Karish oil field, according to well-informed sources , but neither Lebanon nor Israel confirmed the deal so far . Line 1 is proposed Israeli maritime border line , Line 29 is proposed Lebanon’s maritime border line , while line 23 is the proposed final maritime border line. where anything below the line is for Israel and anything above it is for Lebanon . Karish and Qana will be the exception

BEIRUT – Maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel that could help allocate oil and gas resources are close to concluding after around two years of negotiations, a top Lebanese security official said on Tuesday.

“We’re talking about weeks – actually, days – to finish the delineation issue. I’m hopeful that the situation is positive,” the head of Lebanon’s General Security agency Abbas Ibrahim told local channel Al-Jadeed.

Lebanon and Israel have been locked in U.S.-mediated negotiations to delineate a shared maritime border that would help determine which oil and gas resources belong to which country and pave the way for more exploration.

Ibrahim attended meetings last week with the U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein, who said his hours-long visit to Beirut on Sept. 9 showed him that talks were making “very good progress.”

According to Israeli and Lebanese officials, an Israeli proposal would allow Lebanon to develop gas reserves in a disputed area in exchange for agreeing to a delineation line further north.

Lebanese officials have demanded a written version of the proposal before providing a final answer, a political source with knowledge of the talks said.