From left, Berri, Aoun and Hariri meet at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Monday, June 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's top officials discussed a response to an Israeli proposal to solve a land dispute between the two states, with Beirut saying it wants any talks to include the maritime borders as well.Israel sent the proposal to Lebanon via UNIFIL and President Michel Aoun called for a meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss a response.General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is leading on Lebanon's position and the Lebanese Army officials that partake in the tripartite meetings between Lebanon and Israel headed by UNIFIL report back to him. Satterfield went back and forth to Lebanon at least three times trying to help find a common ground as Israel upped its rhetoric against Lebanon.In 2011, U.S. diplomat Frederick Hoff reportedly proposed for Lebanon to acquire 550 of the 860 disputed square kilometers that Lebanon insists is part of its maritime border, and abandon the remaining part to Israel.
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