Lebanon says Israel's drilling contract in disputed water violates "framework agreement"

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BEIRUT, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri said on Saturday that Israel's decision to greenlight drilling contracts in a disputed maritime area violates the framework agreement to negotiate border demarcation between the two countries, the National News Agency reported.

"Israel's excessive antagonism threatens international peace and security," he said.

Berri's remarks came after U.S. oil field service giant Halliburton announced this week the winning of drilling contracts for five wells offshore Israel in the Karish and Karish North gas fields.

Lebanon claims that parts of the gas fields are within its exclusive economic zones.

Berri urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council to investigate the Israeli violation of Lebanon's rights.

Lebanon and Israel have border disputes both on sea and land. The neighbouring countries, mediated by the United States, conducted a round of talks to demarcate the maritime borders in October 2020. But it was later suspended. Enditem

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