President Michel Aoun speaking during an interview with Iraqi Alsumaria TV. (The Daily Star/ Presidency, HO)
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President Michel Aoun stated unequivocally that work would forge ahead on oil and gas exploration, a Lebanese-Israeli dispute over the contested southern maritime block, a local daily reported Friday.Speaking to Annahar newspaper as the president concluded a state visit to Armenia, Aoun added that no new proposals had been made over the dispute during the latest visit by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield.Satterfield has been acting as a mediator between Lebanon and Israel over the dispute and had met Lebanese officials on several occasions. He returned to Lebanon this week from Israel and met with senior officials Wednesday and Thursday before leaving the country early Friday.
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