Lebanon reiterates rights in maritime dispute at UN

Speaking at the high-level debate at the 77th UN General Assembly, Miqati affirmed the country’s absolute adherence to sovereignty, rights and wealth in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

The head of the acting government reported on the progress in the indirect negotiations with Israel, under the auspices of the multilateral organization and with the mediation of the United States.

Miqati added that the importance for Lebanon of a final solution is determined to protect national interests, the welfare of the people and the possibility of investing in its natural resources.

During his presentation, the Prime Minister highlighted the promising energy market of the Eastern Mediterranean and the prosperity of the economies of the countries of the region.

Addressing the national crisis, Miqati acknowledged that most Lebanese live below the poverty line and the country is facing the emigration of many young and promising forces.

The collapse of the Lebanese pound to its lowest level, the general closures imposed by Covid-19, the tragedy of the explosion of the Port of Beirut and the consequences of the refugees have complicated the economic and political response in the last three years, he pointed out. .

Miqati mentioned the willingness to continue with all the necessary legislative and administrative reforms to promote the aid agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

In the international context, the Lebanese chief of staff thanked the friends of the world for their assistance, especially the members of the League of Arab States.

He also recognized the contribution of the United Nations Interim Force and adherence to Resolution 1701 in maintaining stability in southern Lebanon.

Miqati emphasized that the Palestinian question constitutes the main problem that hinders the achievement of peace in the Middle East and, in this sense, called for the achievement of a sovereign and independent State with Jerusalem as its capital.

Apart from his participation in the United Nations, Miqati exchanged views in recent hours with the presidents of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, and of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as with his Iraqi counterpart, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, and the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

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