8 C
New York
Friday, April 23, 2021

Israel and Lebanon Pursue Negotiations over Border

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

BEIRUT — Following years of political wrangling over the decades-old maritime border along Lebanon’s southern coast, as well as fierce clashes between Israeli and Lebanese forces, the countries have launched talks to try to settle the dispute and achieve a calm near the disputed waters.

The talks began on Monday, on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, according to Lebanese and Israeli officials. The talks, facilitated by the United States, are expected to last about two months, according to Lebanese officials, and involve one diplomat each from Israel and Lebanon.

In recent years, Hezbollah, the Iran-backed militant group in Lebanon, has been steadily advancing its influence in that country, forging closer ties with the Shiite-dominated Hezbollah-dominated militia in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The ability of those fighters to drive Israeli forces out of southern Lebanon in 2000 led Israel to annex much of the mountain-top heights overlooking the port city of Tyre.

Now the sea border line facing Lebanon is dangerously close to the Israeli coastline, in part because of spillover from the conflict in Syria, which is embroiled in a bloody civil war. The maritime boundary issue is one of several military irritants between the countries, including a decades-old dispute over whether to recognize Lebanese sovereignty over a section of the disputed mountain range.

- Advertisement -

Latest news

The Therouxes You’ll Love

The second season of HBO’s, whose episodes are, not incidentally, my favorite thing to watch on TV, arrives on Friday (April 27). My time...
- Advertisement -

Caitlyn Jenner’s Bid for California Gubernatorial Race

Hillary Clinton, in 2008, thinks that Californians "need a champion in the White House. We need Caitlyn Jenner to be that champion."Caitlyn Jenner will...

Peter Warner, who found a hidden buried boys’ grave 30 years ago, has died at 90

Peter Warner, a scuba diver who in 1955 in the Pacific Ocean found two teenage boys who had been buried in volcanic ash for...

The furore over a photograph of the the team the Los Angeles Galaxy had forked out for star Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a picture that kept spreading on social media and beyond. Within minutes of being posted, it was shared among thousands of people...

Related news

The Therouxes You’ll Love

The second season of HBO’s, whose episodes are, not incidentally, my favorite thing to watch on TV, arrives on Friday (April 27). My time...

Caitlyn Jenner’s Bid for California Gubernatorial Race

Hillary Clinton, in 2008, thinks that Californians "need a champion in the White House. We need Caitlyn Jenner to be that champion."Caitlyn Jenner will...

Peter Warner, who found a hidden buried boys’ grave 30 years ago, has died at 90

Peter Warner, a scuba diver who in 1955 in the Pacific Ocean found two teenage boys who had been buried in volcanic ash for...

The furore over a photograph of the the team the Los Angeles Galaxy had forked out for star Cristiano Ronaldo

It was a picture that kept spreading on social media and beyond. Within minutes of being posted, it was shared among thousands of people...
- Advertisement -