Lebanon hopes to announce maritime demarcation deal with Israel as soon as possible

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Lebanon hopes to announce a final deal maritime border demarcation deal with Israel as soon as possible, especially as the draft was "satisfying" for Beirut, President Michel Aoun said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Aoun added he would hold consultations with the prime minister and the parliament speaker to issue a final position on the deal.

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Separately on Tuesday, two senior Lebanese sources said Lebanon’s Hezbollah has green-lit the deal to demarcate Lebanon's maritime borders with Israel.

One senior Lebanese government official and one official close to Hezbollah said the party had “agreed” to the terms of the deal and considered negotiations “over.”

Meanwhile, Lebanese caretaker energy minister Walid Fayyad said that French gas giant TotalEnergies will begin the process of exploring for gas in Lebanese waters as soon as the deal with Israel is concluded.

Fayyad made the comments after meeting a senior TotalEnergies delegation in Beirut.

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