Energy Ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon agreed to deliver Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria, and to present an action plan and timetable for implementation, the Egyptian ministry of petroleum said in a statement following a ministerial meeting that was hosted by Jordan.
The meeting was attended by Tarek El Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Raymond Ghajar, Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water, and Bassam Tohme, Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources.
“Egypt is working to speed up coordination for the arrival of Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria as Egypt is keen on easing the burdens of the Lebanese people and on contributing to Lebanon’s support and stability,” El Molla said.
El Molla added that the move comes as a part of Egypt’s permanent duty towards the Arab brothers and under the directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to harness all possibilities to extend a helping hand to the brotherly Lebanese people to overcome the plight of the energy crisis and the challenges facing Lebanon.
After the meeting, Bisher Al Khasawneh, Jordanian Prime Minister, received the Egyptian, Syrian, and Lebanese ministers where he stressed the existence of many areas of cooperation between the four countries in order to achieve the common interests of these countries and their people.
There are clear assignments from President El Sisi to quickly support the brothers in Lebanon by supplying them with the natural gas they need to overcome the current crisis, El Molla stated in a press conference held in Amman after the meeting.
A roadmap was set during the meeting to be implemented during the coming weeks, through the technical teams to work on pumping natural gas to Lebanon at the earliest opportunity, El Molla said. He added that work will take place on two tracks, in which the technical readiness of the infrastructure of the gas transmission lines and networks, as well as some previous contract clauses, will be reviewed.