The Minister of Transport Michel Najjar signed Decree 6433 concerning the establishment of maritime borders. This decree has yet to be signed by the outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab, by the outgoing Minister of Defense Zeina Akkar and by the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun before being sent to the United Nations. Michel Najjar thus indicated that Lebanon will not give up any of its rights, considering that a smear campaign targets the Marada movement on the subject of the demarcation of exclusive maritime zones with Israel. This decree dates from studies carried out during the mandate of the Mikati II government on a proposal from the then Ministry of Public Works and Transport, indicating that they had not heard of Decree 42 before Tuesday. The text of the decree thus broadens Lebanese claims to 1,430 square kilometers in its dispute with the Hebrew state and intervenes despite Israeli warnings. "Any unilateral Lebanese measure will have a unilateral Israeli response," Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz had threatened, while negotiations between the two countries are currently at a standstill. This signing comes despite firm messages from the United States to the Lebanese leadership, confirming that the Israeli authorities would then withdraw from negotiations with Lebanon and begin exploration of the disputed sea areas. In addition, the Under-Secretary of State in charge of the Middle East David Hale is expected in Lebanon on Wednesday. This is his last visit to the region before the end of his term. It may be a question of reactivating the negotiations between Lebanon and Israel.