Abi Khalil looks on as Bassil signs an agreement with Norway ambassador in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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A consortium of oil companies are committed to exploring gas in blocks four and nine in 2019 despite an ongoing dispute with Israel over the maritime border, caretaker Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abil Khalil said Wednesday.Abi Khalil made the statement after he, caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Norwegian Ambassador to Lebanon Lene Natasha Lind signed the third phase of an oil cooperation and research agreement between the countries.The three companies, according to the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, will not explore gas close to the so-called disputed line in block 9 .The Lebanese government insists that the entire area of blocks 8, 9 and 10 along the maritime border belong to Lebanon.
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