Hariri and former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora attend the Future Movement bloc meeting Tuesday in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon is set to reject a previous American proposal to resolve a maritime border dispute with Israel during U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Beirut this week because it infringes on the country's oil and land rights, ministerial sources said Tuesday.Known as the "Hoff Line," the U.S. proposal calls for Lebanon to acquire 550 square kilometers of the disputed 860 square kilometers that Lebanon insists is part of its maritime border, and abandon the remaining part to Israel, or else the United States will end its mediation effort in the oil dispute between the two countries, the source said.In 2011, U.S. diplomat Frederick Hoff visited Lebanon to help efforts to demarcate the maritime border between Lebanon and Israel.Lebanese leaders are expected to raise with the top U.S. diplomat Israel's construction of the "separation wall" on a disputed area along the Lebanon-Israel border, as well as Israel's threats over Lebanon's oil and gas exploration, an official source told The Daily Star.In what appeared to be a toughening of Lebanon's position on the maritime dispute with Israel ahead of Tillerson's visit, Aoun, Berri and Hariri agreed Monday on refusing to give up "any inch" of Lebanese territory.
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