| 10 December 2023, Sunday |

Bou Habib visits Maronite League, stresses unity of position vis-a-vis border demarcation

President of the Maronite League, Ambassador Khalil Karam, on Tuesday welcomed at the league’s headquarters Caretaker Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigrants, Abdullah Bou Habib.

The meeting reportedly focused on a number of issues, including the Syrian refugee dossier, the presidential election, as well as maritime demarcation.

On the issue of maritime demarcation, Bou Habib affirmed Lebanon’s unified position in this regard, especially over line 23 and Qana gas field.

“Negotiations are ongoing, pending Lebanon’s notification of the Israeli position via US mediator, Amos Hochstein, whose expected visit to Beirut has not been set yet,” Bou Habib said.

With regard to the Syrian refugee’s return to their homeland, Minister Bou Habib also emphasized the unity of the Lebanese position over this matter, adding that a ministerial committee has been set up to follow up on this dossier.

Touching on the meeting that recently took place in Brussels, Bou Habib said that Lebanon requested the European Union’s assistance helping Syrian refugees return to their country by means of setting a gradual road map that would organize their return in cooperation with Lebanon.

“Arab countries support the Lebanese position, unlike some influential European countries that still oppose and demand the integration of Syrian refugees into the Lebanese society,” Bou Habib added.

  • NNA