Israeli negotiators meet U.S. envoy on maritime dispute with Lebanon

Israeli negotiators meet U.S. envoy on maritime dispute with Lebanon
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Israeli negotiators meet U.S. envoy on maritime dispute with Lebanon
Israeli navy vessels are pictured off the coast of Rosh Hanikra, an area at the border between Israel and Lebanon, on June 6, 2022 [Getty]

 Israeli negotiators met with a U.S. mediator in an effort to resolve a maritime border dispute with Lebanon, Israel's Energy Ministry said on Saturday.

"The team heard an update from the mediator's visit to Lebanon and the parties discussed formulating constructive directions for moving forward with negotiations," the ministry said in a statement.

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The ministry said it would preserve Israel's economic and security interests but intends to "resolve the issue in the near future."

The dispute between Israel and Lebanon over their maritime boundary has obstructed energy exploration in parts of the eastern Mediterranean and risks exacerbating tensions between two foes.