President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Yair Lapid of Israel to congratulate him on a historic breakthrough agreement to establish a permanent maritime boundary between Israel and Lebanon. The President commended the Prime Minister’s persistent and principled diplomacy and praised his team for the consultative spirit demonstrated throughout months of talks mediated by the United States.  The President underscored his unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security and discussed how the agreement announced today not only preserves and further enhances Israel’s security and economic interests, but also creates new opportunities for Israel’s regional integration and national prosperity.  He stressed that the United States remains ready to facilitate resolution of issues that may arise under the agreement, if called upon by the parties.


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