Report: Berri-Pompeo Talks to Focus on Oil File
Lebanon’s oil wealth file will be the focal point of discussions between Speaker Nabih Berri and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the latter’s expected visit to Beirut next week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.
Sources in Ain el-Tineh (Berri’s residence) told the daily that the disputed maritime border file between Lebanon and Israel will be “strongly present” in the meeting between the two.
They stressed that the Speaker adamantly rejects a proposal related to the so-called Hoff line, and adheres to Lebanon's full right and wealth of oil and gas that Israel is trying to invade.
The Frederick Hoff line is known after a US envoy to Syria and Lebanon drawn in 2012 and gives Lebanon 60 percent of the offshore oil Block 9 and gives Israel 40 percent.