Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks to reporters during a trip to Sidon Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Saturday labeled the approval of oil and gas exploration licenses in Lebanon an act of "economic resistance" against Israel.Speaking during a visit to Sidon Saturday, Bassil said that he considered Cabinet's approval of licenses for exploration in the maritime block 4 and 9 Thursday as the only way to assert Lebanon's right in the maritime border area disputed with Israel after failing to solve the crisis through recent "political and media pressure". The comments came in response to Thursday's Cabinet decision to award licenses for oil and gas exploration to a consortium of international oil companies made up of French Total, Italian ENI and Russian Novatek.
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