Foreign Minister and FPM leader Gebran Bassil. (The Daily Star)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Saturday said the approval of oil and gas exploration licenses in Lebanon was an act of "economic resistance" against Israel. Speaking during a visit to Sidon, Bassil said that he considered Cabinet's approval of licenses for exploration in offshore Block 9 Thursday was the only way to assert Lebanon's right in the maritime border area disputed with Israel, after failing to resolve the crisis through recent "political and media pressure". Separately, Bassil opened a new Free Patriotic Movement Office in the Sidon town of Maghdoushe Sunday, when he toured several villages in the area.Following the inauguration, Bassil was set to meet with the area's Higher Alawite Council, however local news agency MTV reported that the group canceled the meeting following a directive from the head of the Arab Democratic Party, Refaat Eid.
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