February 8, 2018 / 10:49 AM / in 8 months

Lebanon's Aoun - talks underway amid disputes with Israel over border wall, energy

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday that talks were underway “to prevent Israeli greed” amid bilateral disputes over a border wall and an offshore energy block in disputed waters.

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

“Communications are ongoing through the United Nations and friendly states to handle this issue... hoping that Israel does not escalate,” Aoun told a cabinet session, according to his office.

“We will confront any attack” on Lebanon’s territory or waters, he said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Gareth Jones

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