Hariri said the U.S. decision on Jerusalem would never have been made if Arab states were not embroiled in war and conflict.
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The Cabinet Thursday approved the recently awarded licenses for a consortium of three international oil companies setting the path for exploration of oil and gas in 2019, setting the stage for Lebanon to join the list of energy-producing countries.Cabinet approved Energy Ministry's request to license three companies – French company Total, Italian ENI and Russian Novatek – to explore oil and gas in maritime blocks 4 and 9 that lie in north and south Lebanon, respectively.During the Cabinet session, Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil presented the results of his negotiations with the oil companies to Cabinet before it approved the decision.Ministers then decided to form a ministerial committee, headed by Hariri, to discuss the suggestion.Aoun told the ministers that Lebanon's position in Istanbul had been successful and that his meetings with Arab officials had shown that the majority of countries are opposed to Trump's decision.After Aoun's remarks, Hariri also praised Lebanon's position in Istanbul. Addressing Aoun and the ministers, Hariri said that now that the Cabinet's work has been reactivated, ensuring social stability was vital.
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