BEIRUT — The European Union issued a statement Wednesday stating the maritime border agreement between Lebanon and Israel is an "important step," following months of negotiations led by the United States.
"The EU welcomes the announcement of an agreement in the negotiations between Lebanon and Israel on the delineation of their maritime boundary," the statement said. It went on to commend "Israel and Lebanon’s constructive spirit in this endeavor, as well as the role of the US."
Israel announced Tuesday that it had reached a "historic" agreement with Lebanon to delineate their maritime border, thus removing key obstacles to the development of gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.
"The implementation [of the agreement] will contribute to their stability and prosperity, as well as that of the region at large," the EU statement continued. It encouraged both countries to continue constructive engagement toward regional energy cooperation and development.
"This is essential in times of international security challenges and global energy crisis," the statement added, reaffirming it is ready to "develop its partnerships with Israel and Lebanon and to support regional cooperation efforts for the benefit of all."