JERUSALEM

The Israeli government on Sunday ratified a deal on the Eastern Mediterranean (East-Med) gas pipeline project signed with Greece and Greek Cypriot administration.

In a statement, its Ministry of Energy announced that the Jan. 2 trilateral agreement to deliver Eastern Mediterranean gas to Europe had been approved.

It is a 1,900km-long (1,180 miles) natural gas pipeline project that extends from Israel to Greece and then to Italy.

Prior to the signing of the agreement, Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci condemned the project, stressing that it “contradicts geographical facts,” and is “decided on purely political concerns.”

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