The President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, met on Monday at Baabda Palace with the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Ms. Joanna Wronecka.
The president told Wronecka that negotiations to demarcate the southern maritime borders are in their final stages to secure Lebanon’s rights to search for gas and oil in the specified fields of the exclusive economic zone.
In addition, President Aoun indicated that communication with the American mediator, Amos Hochstein, is ongoing on certain technical details related to the demarcation process, expressing the hope that the exploration in Lebanese waters will contribute to the revival of the Lebanese economy, which has experienced a significant decline in recent years, as well as the strengthening of security and stability in the south.
In addition, President Aoun reiterated Lebanon’s attachment to international resolutions, in particular resolution 1701, and underlined the importance of the implementation of all its components, considering that coordination between international forces operating in the south, UNIFIL, and the Lebanese army is essential to ensure the success of the peacekeeping and border security mission.
President Aoun also underlined the need to provide appropriate climates to avoid any confrontation between the locals and the international military.
For her part, Mrs. Wronecka briefed President Aoun on the deliberations that accompanied the extension of the UN Security Council to international forces operating in the south at the end of last month and the support that will be provided in time to the Lebanese army.