News ID: 323229
Published: 0222 GMT July 31, 2022

Israel has no choice but to recognize Lebanon’s maritime rights: Hezbollah

Israel has no choice but to recognize Lebanon’s maritime rights: Hezbollah

A high-ranking official with the Hezbollah resistance movement reiterated Lebanon’s unalienable right to explore untapped gas and oil reserves that lie in the eastern Mediterranean, saying that Israel must recognize this fact and not impede hydrocarbon exploration and extraction in the area.

Speaking at a ceremony in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh on Saturday, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem underscored the need for the recognition of Lebanon's right to its oil and gas wealth by Tel Aviv, and said putting off the matter would not deter his group from performing its duties in this regard.

He went on to say that Israel has no other option but to acknowledge the fact, stressing that Americans also have no choice but to allow international energy companies to unleash offshore oil and gas production in Lebanese territorial waters.

“In case the Zionist enemy threatens us, we will stand in front of it like a solid bulwark. No matter what preparations it would make, were are truly more geared up,” Sheikh Qassem said.

“Everyone knows that Hezbollah facilitates coordination and alignment of standpoints between the resistance front and the government so that Lebanese officials assert the country’s rights on a strong footing,” the senior Hezbollah official added.

Earlier this month, Hezbollah’s secretary general said the Israeli regime will not be allowed to conduct drilling operations for oil and natural gas in the disputed area in the Mediterranean Sea until the Arab country gets what it deserves.






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