On Friday, Lebanese TV Al-Manar quoted Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah as describing how the resistance will act “at the right time, when it sees Lebanon’s oil. in danger, “noting that Israel is not free to start drilling for oil and gas in the region’s disputed maritime border between the two countries.
Nasrallah said: “Resistance at the appropriate time and when will see what Lebanon’s oil is in danger, will act on this basis “.
On the file delimiting maritime borders with Israel, Nasrallah commented: “We do not want to interfere in the file delimiting maritime borders, and we do not want to express a position on this file”, adding that he does not want to launch a position immediately “so that the negotiations do not become complicated “.
He continued: “Resistance capacity was ready to defend Lebanon, Lebanese oil and gas from Israeli ambitions.”
Nasrallah added in a televised speech: “If the enemy thinks he can act as he wants before this debate is resolved, then he is wrong.”
The Lebanese Cabinet raised the issue to the UN Permanent Representative and others in the international community after Israel awarded US oil services group Halliburton a Mediterranean offshore drilling contract to ask for clarification on whether drilling operations will take place. in the disputed areas.
There is a dispute between Lebanon and Israel over the demarcation of the borders of their territorial waters and negotiations between the two countries could lead to Lebanon being able to extract valuable gas reserves during its worst financial crisis ever.
Israel is already pumping gas from huge offshore fields. The two countries have held intermittent US-mediated talks since October last year in an effort to resolve the issue.
The US mediator for indirect talks, Amos Hochstein, visited Beirut this week. He said a period of shuttle diplomacy would precede any return to indirect talks between the two countries like the one held in October 2020 at the base of pace United Nations in Naqoura, in Lebanon.
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