Washington DC - A White House official said Wednesday that finding a solution to the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel is a top priority for the Biden administration.
“Resolving the maritime boundary dispute is a key priority for the Biden administration. We firmly believe a deal has the potential to promote lasting stability and economic prosperity for both countries,” the Biden administration official told Al Arabiya.
Technically at war since 1948, Lebanon and Israel are at odds over around 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the Mediterranean Sea, which is believed to contain offshore gas reserves.
The United States has been trying to mediate a deal between the two countries for years, and US President Joe Biden tapped Amos Hochstein to take on the role after he was elected.
Hochstein, a special presidential coordinator, has made multiple trips to Beirut and Tel Aviv in recent months, trying to strike a deal. But in recent weeks, the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group has threatened war against Israel if Lebanon is not granted its demands.