Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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As U.S. envoy David Satterfield left Beirut Friday for Geneva without making any breakthrough in the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel, President Michel Aoun warned the Jewish state there would be "tragic consequences" if it encroached on Lebanese boundaries. Aoun's warning was the latest chapter in an ongoing maritime boundary dispute between the two countries that are technically at war, heightening tensions in the southern border region fueled by Israel's construction of a cement wall and its threats over Lebanon's oil and gas exploration. Aoun said that Lebanon's determination to defend its potential oil and gas wealth in its territorial waters deterred Israel from violating the Lebanese land and maritime border. Aoun also said that Satterfield, the acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, did not bring any new proposals during his visit to Beirut this week after returning from Israel where he discussed the border dispute with officials there.
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