Aoun: Lebanon awaiting outcome of Hochstein's contacts with Israelis

President Michel Aoun announced Friday that “Lebanon is awaiting the outcome of the contacts that U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein is carrying out with the Israelis, in order to specify the course of the indirect negotiations for the demarcation of the southern maritime border.”

Aoun’s remarks come a day after Israel rejected Lebanon’s amendments to Hochstein’s latest proposal.

The president voiced his remarks in talks with visiting Arab League Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki.

Separately, Aoun said that “a country such as Lebanon with its uniqueness and pluralism cannot realize national partnership and respect for the National Pact in the absence of a president.”

"The ultimate priority at the moment must be for the election of a new president, because the presence of a president is essential for the formation of a new government and not the opposite," the president added.

Source: Naharnet

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