U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea thanked all Lebanese officials who contributed to reaching an agreement with Israel over the demarcation of the maritime border, saying the deal “sets the stage for a more prosperous and stable Lebanon.”
Shea expressed Washington’s profound gratitude to all those involved, starting with President Michel Aoun and his team, Speaker Nabih Berri and his principal adviser, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
“There are many others in the government who also played constructive roles in these negotiations, too many to mention by name, but I will single out the deputy speaker of parliament for his tireless efforts,” Shea added.
The American ambassador said the agreement will provide for the development of energy fields for the benefit of both countries.
“Your country can look forward to harnessing vital new energy resources. This sets the stage for a more prosperous and stable Lebanon,” she added.
Shea also said that the agreement promotes foreign investment in Lebanon, noting that this is “critical against the backdrop of the devastating economic situation.”