Satterfield, accompanied by Richards, discussed with Berri Lebanon’s Exclusive Economic Zone and the maritime border with Israel.
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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri rejected Friday a new U.S. proposal to resolve a maritime border dispute with Israel, casting gloom over an American mediation effort in the long-simmering rift over oil Block 9 in Lebanese territorial waters.Tillerson, who held talks with President Michel Aoun, Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was reported to have floated new ideas for a resolution to the border dispute after a previous proposal was roundly rejected by Lebanese officials.After listening to the U.S. proposal on the border dispute, Berri told Satterfield that the proposal was "unacceptable," according to a statement released by the speaker's media office.The statement said Berri insisted on his position for the demarcation of the maritime boundary between Lebanon and Israel through a tripartite committee comprising senior army officers from Lebanon, Israel and the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon – UNIFIL – similar to the U.N.-drawn Blue Line.Aoun told a Cabinet meeting Thursday that Tillerson presented new ideas for a solution to the border dispute between Lebanon and Israel after a previous proposal was roundly rejected by Lebanese officials.
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