House speaker says Lebanon wants no war

House speaker says Lebanon wants no war

BEIRUT (Rahnuma) :Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri said that Lebanon does not want any war but it won’t give up on its sovereignty, or its land or sea rights, local media reported on Saturday.

“Lebanon does not want a war but this does not mean that we will give up on our rights,” Berri was quoted as saying by Elnashra, an online independent newspaper.

Berri’s comments came during his meeting with Congressman Eliot Engel who is also chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Berri previously voiced his concerns that Israel has violated Lebanon’s waters by allowing exploitation of oil and gas in an area close to the disputed borders.

Lebanon has an unresolved maritime border with Israel that involves a triangular sea area of about 860 square km extending along the edge of three of its 10 offshore energy blocks.

Berri said that Lebanon is ready to draw its maritime borders under the supervision of the United Nations.

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