US official in Lebanon to mediate maritime controversy

A US official met Monday with Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and other senior government officials to continue discussions on Lebanon’s maritime boundaries, the US Embassy in Lebanon said in a written statement.
Israel and Lebanon have both claimed rights to develop offshore oil and gas reserves in the same maritime area.
US Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs Frederic Hof encouraged Lebanon to continue its engagement to resolve the controversy over its maritime boundaries.
The statement added that Hof supported the development of offshore oil and gas reserves "in a manner that contributes to peace, stability and prosperity." He reiterated the US commitment to a "stable, sovereign and independent Lebanon."
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