(September 24, 2020 / JNS) The energy ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Israel spoke online about possible energy cooperation on Wednesday.
“We spoke [with the UAE energy minister] on cooperating in linking power grids and developing the natural-gas market for exports via pipeline to Europe and other projects,” tweeted Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.
The peace agreement between the UAE and Israel provides a “historic opportunity” for energy development in the region, said Steinitz.
A statement released by his office said he proposed that the UAE join an energy forum—with Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Jordan—designed to export natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean, reported Reuters.
“They [the UAE] said they would examine the issue,” said Steinitz’s office.
Turkey opposes this group of countries in making such claims in the area.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that the United States is concerned about Turkey’s actions in the area.
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