The government of Lebanon has refused to provide details over ongoing maritime border talks with an officially declared enemy, Israel, terming Lebanese superior interest behind not disclosing more details on the matter at the moment.
A statement issued by the Information Office of the Lebanese Presidency said the government decided to reject a request filed by the legal department of the “People Want the Reform of the Regime” group to obtain information related to Lebanon-Israel talks.
“Since concern for Lebanon’s supreme interest is superior to any consideration, we cannot disclose many details, and it’s impossible to answer any requests for information on the matter at the moment,”’ the statement added.
There are some unconfirmed confirmations that Lebanese and Israeli officials held talks in Naqoura, southern Lebanon facilitated and mediated by the government of the US.
Referring to Article 5 of the Right to Information Law, the statement said the “presidency refrains from disclosing required information if it deals with the following topics – national defense secrets, national security, public security and the administration of secret foreign relations.”
On February 09, the US embassy in Lebanon had announced an agreement on the maritime borders between Lebanon and Israel that could create a much-needed opportunity to achieve prosperity for Lebanon’s future.
Moreover, Amos Hochstein, the US envoy for energy affairs met with Lebanese Army chief Gen. Joseph Aoun, which the US embassy described as “fruitful.”
Hochstein, who is mediating the indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel, had visited Lebanon to explore ways to resume talks between the countries which stalled back in November 2020.
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