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Hezbollah vows ‘vigilance’ until maritime border deal with Israel finalized

The Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah says the group will not recognize any maritime border deal between Lebanon and the Israeli regime until it is officially signed.

The remarks by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday come amid reports that Lebanon and Israel have agreed to a draft deal.

“The pending hours are fateful. As the people of Lebanon, we are awaiting [declaration of] an official position on the part of our president and the Zionist enemy,” Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Tuesday.

He said “we will remain vigilant” until such a deal is finalized, noting a proper deal should meet the Lebanese government’s demands.

“In such case, we would not have any problem with this matter,” he said, reminding, “From the beginning, we said that we stand by the Lebanese administration [on this issue].”

“What is of importance to the resistance is for the Lebanese people to be able to extract oil and gas from Lebanese fields,” Nasrallah stated.

Also on Tuesday, a senior Hezbollah lawmaker said Lebanon’s firm position and the resistance movement’s efforts had helped the country safeguard its maritime rights in indirect talks with the Israeli regime and eventually forced the Zionist enemy to retreat.

“Had it not been for this [resistance] force that frightened the enemy, we would not have been able to retrieve and maintain our rights,” MP Hussein al-Jishi said.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, meanwhile, said in a tweet that “the final version of the offer is satisfactory for Lebanon and answers its demands and preserves its rights to its natural wealth.”

Various Israeli media outlets have also said that the agreement amounted to a “great victory” for Hezbollah.

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