January 31, 2018 / 2:47 PM / 7 months ago

Lebanon will protect maritime borders from Israel: energy minister

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon vowed to protect its maritime borders from Israeli threats, Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO - Lebanon's Oil Minister Cesar Abi Khalil is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

“Lebanon will use all available methods to fend off the Israeli aggression that was announced today,” he said in televised comments.

Israel described as “very provocative” a Lebanese offshore oil and gas exploration tender in disputed territory on the countries’ maritime border, and urged international firms not to bid. Lebanese President Michel Aoun described the comments as “a threat”.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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