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US offers to mediate as Israel, Lebanon remain 'far apart' on maritime border talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lamented the lack of progress between the two countries on their Mediterranean border.
Israeli military vehicles near the kibbutz Manara in northern Israel's upper Galilee patrol along the border with Lebanon overlooking the Hula Valley, on December 20, 2020. (Photo by JALAA MAREY / AFP) (Photo by JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images)

An agreement on sea borders between Israel and Lebanon is far off, the top US diplomat said on Tuesday.

“Regrettably, despite goodwill on both sides, the parties remain far apart,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

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