Lebanon speaker rejects United States proposal on disputed waters with Israel

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Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah gave a speech Friday, stating that the downing of an Israeli aircraft by Syria last week was a great military success.

The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday ruled out interim government with the political wing of Hezbollah, at a political rally in the capital city Beirut.

"Hezbollah's entanglement in regional conflicts threatens the security of Lebanon".

Tillerson also said that the US administration is "engaging with the governments of both Lebanon and Israel to ensure Lebanon's southern border remains calm", amid tension with Israel over gas drilling rights.

Tillerson, making the first visit by America's top diplomat to Lebanon in four years, said Hezbollah's involvement in the war in Syria "has only perpetuated the bloodshed, increased the displacement of innocent people and propped up the barbaric Assad regime".

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Israel claims that Lebanon will be drilling in areas owned by Israel.

Hezbollah on Friday urged Lebanon to stand firm in its offshore energy dispute with Israel and warned it could act against Israeli oil facilities if necessary, as the US mediates between the two countries.

Tillerson "reaffirmed to Berri the importance of the close U.S".

The maritime area falls within a site that Israel says is part of its Exclusive Economic Zone, which extends along the edge of three of the five energy blocks that Lebanon has offered for tender. Berri laughed and said: "Why do you need that?"

Israel has recently escalated its threats over Lebanon's invitation for offshore gas exploration bids along the countries' maritime border.

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Tillerson is the most senior official from the Trump administration to visit Lebanon and the first by a US secretary of state in four years.

Earlier this month Lebanon issued an offshore oil and gas exploration tender on the country's maritime border, prompting a war of words with Israel, which has laid claim to one of the fields in question.

"I hope we can talk about how to cooperate to reduce threats to Turkey and at same time achieve targets in Syria", said Tillerson at a press conference in Amman (Jordan) A few hours before landing in Ankara.

Mr Tillerson also reiterated the U.S. government's long-standing policy toward Hezbollah, which Washington more than two decades ago designated a terrorist organisation.

That could have been the reason why US Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein rushed to assert later that Lebanon "would be better off without Hezbollah's terrorism and malign influence". The construction of an Israeli defensive wall that crosses several points on shared border has also provoked a dialectic escalation between Lebanon and Israel and this shortly after Syrian regular Army abatieraed this Saturday a fighter Israeli.

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