An agreement on maritime border between Israel and Lebanon

Lebanon and Israel have reached a historic deal, brokered by USA, to end a long-running maritime border dispute in the gas-rich Mediterranean Sea.

 The two countries declared overlapping boundaries in 2011 in the Mediterranean Sea.

The draft agreement aims to settle Israel and Lebanon’s competing claims over offshore gas fields in the region.

The agreement sets a border between the maritime waters of Lebanon and Israel for the first time.

Lebanon recognised Israel's existing control of a 3-mile-wide stretch of water closest to their shared coast.

Israel allowed Lebanon the right to drill in a previously contested gas field that stretches between the Israeli and Lebanese economic zones.

The agreement does not touch on the shared land border between Israel and Lebanon.