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Lebanon said it has received a letter from U.S. special envoy Amos Hochstein proposing a maritime border agreement with Israel that could resolve competing claims over offshore gas fields, AFP reported.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, who handed over a written proposal from the American mediator, the prime minister's office said.

President Michel Aoun also met with Shea, who handed him a letter proposing the demarcation of the southern maritime border, Aoun's office said

Aoun contacted Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who also received a draft proposal to discuss Lebanon's response.

Lebanon and Israel have no diplomatic relations and their land border is patrolled by the United Nations.

They resumed talks on the maritime border in 2020, but the process was halted by Lebanon's demand to change the map used by the UN in the negotiations.

Last month, Aoun told UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka that negotiations on the demarcation of the southern maritime border are in the final stages.

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