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U.S. President Biden congratulates Lebanese president on maritime deal with Israel -statement

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Volvo Group Powertrain Operations plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, U.S., October 7, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

U.S. President Joe Biden congratulated his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on Tuesday for securing a maritime border deal with Israel, a statement by the Lebanese presidency said.

The statement, seen by Reuters, said Biden told Aoun in a phone call that the U.S. stood by Lebanon as it sought to strengthen its economy through possible gas wealth.

The White House was set to comment on the call later on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Reuters bureau in Beirut; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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