Israel and Lebanon want to sign an agreement on a common sea border on Thursday. According to Israeli information, the ceremony with the negotiating teams is to take place in the afternoon (around 2:00 p.m. CEST) in different rooms at a United Nations (UN) base in Nakura in southern Lebanon.
The separately signed agreement is then to be handed over to US mediator Amos Hochstein. Israel's government will meet as early as Thursday morning (9:30 a.m. CEST) to finally approve the compromise.
The agreement puts an end to a decades-long dispute between the two warring countries over an area of sea off the coast. The dispute over the border in the Mediterranean had intensified after the discovery of large quantities of natural gas. The negotiations were mediated by the United States. At the same time, both countries emphasized that the talks would not normalize their relations. They are officially in a state of war.