Lebanon and Israel, still technically at war, started unprecedented talks sponsored by the United Nations and the United States on Wednesday to settle a maritime border dispute, a UN source told AFP.
“Yes, they have started,” the source said at around 10:30 am (0730 GMT) without disclosing additional details.
The talks, held at a UN peacekeeping force base in the Lebanese border town of Naqoura, are a rare official interaction between Lebanon and Israel, which have no diplomatic relations.
A second round of maritime border talks with Israel will be held in two weeks under US and UN auspices, a Lebanese army source said Wednesday.
“The date of the second session is set for October 28,” the military source told AFP as Lebanese and Israeli delegations sat for a first round of negotiations.