Israel wants 'direct talks' with Lebanon

Regev said that every issue of contention would be on the table, including a key border dispute over the Shaba Farms, a land occupied by Israel.

Israel wants 'direct talks' with Lebanon

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said on Wednesday that Israel is interested in direct, bilateral talks with Lebanon, Israeli media reported.

Regev said that every issue of contention would be on the table, including a key border dispute over the Shaba Farms, a occupied by Israel.

Regev's comments were the government's most explicit offer toward Lebanon.

Last week, when PM Ehud Olmert hinted Israel would be interested in talks with Beirut. But the Lebanese government rejected the offer. On Wednesday, a Lebanese government official said that position hadn't changed.

Wednesday's announcement came amid a flurry of developments in the region.

Israeli officials say they are close to a prisoner swap with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Israel also recently opened peace talks with Syria.

Meanwhile, a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas is set to begin on Thursday.

Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2008, 17:27
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