Lebanese President Michel Aoun said in a July 6, 2022 interview that aired on OTV (Lebanon) that a solution will soon be reached regarding the maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel. He said that both sides will be pleased with the solution, that a mutual understanding has almost been reached with the American mediators, and that the atmosphere of the negotiations is positive. For more about the maritime border dispute, see MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1640.
President Michel Aoun: "Regarding the demarcation of the [maritime] borders, it is moving forward and we hope to complete this soon, inshallah. I believe that not a long time is left for us to finish this."
Interviewer: "Will the solution serve Lebanon's interest?"
Aoun: "Absolutely. Absolutely. It will serve everybody's interests. Once we reach the demarcation of the borders, both sides should be pleased with the solution. Otherwise, there will be no solution, and one side will have the upper hand.
"A short time is needed to reach a solution. I believe that we almost reached mutual understanding with the Americans, who are mediating between Israel and us. When exactly? We are not there yet. But more or less... It will be successful. We will reach a solution that will please everybody."
Interviewer: "So the atmosphere is positive?"
Aoun: "Absolutely. If the atmosphere was not positive, we would not have continued the negotiations."