The United States welcomed a “historic” agreement reached on Thursday between Lebanon and Israel to launch talks on maritime border disputes.

The United States will oversee the talks. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, that the agreement is “the fruit of relentless diplomatic efforts that lasted about three years.”

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that Israel and Lebanon would hold talks, mediated by the United States, to end a long-running dispute over the maritime borders between the two countries, which are still officially at war.

The minister said in a statement that the talks are expected to begin after the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which ends on Oct. 9.

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