Israel and Lebanon agreed to carry out talks on the maritime time boundary dispute in the Mediterranean Sea. The negotiations will be first on non-security issues, but officials do not expect them to lead to peace talks on the UAE and Bahrain’s path. Both of these states are technically at war and, therefore, share no formal diplomatic relations. The region was raised in importance with the finding of natural gas. The talks will be mediated by the US and held under the United Nations’ auspices. It has been made clear by either side; talks don’t mean normalization of relations.