Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – A Lebanese ministerial delegation headed by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense in the caretaker government, Zina Aker, arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the first official visit at this level between the two neighboring countries since 2011.
The Lebanese ministerial delegation discussed with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, who received him in the Jdeidet Yabous border area, “the import of Egyptian gas to Lebanon,” according to the official Syrian News Agency (SANA).
The Lebanese delegation included Minister of Finance, Ghazi Wazni, Minister of Energy, Raymond Ghajar, and Director General of Lebanese Public Security, Abbas Ibrahim, according to SANA.
The head of the Lebanese-Syrian Supreme Council, Nasri Khoury, said in a press statement about the visit, that it aims to “discuss the issue of importing gas from Egypt to Lebanon through Syria to produce electric power,” according to SANA.
Khoury pointed out that this is the first visit of an official Lebanese delegation to Syria since 2011, and confirmed that it will last for one day.
The official in the Supreme Council clarified that the agreement to draw gas from Egypt to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria already exists, but the Egyptian side stopped the supply and efforts are now underway to reactivate the agreement, according to SANA.
It is noteworthy that the Lebanese-Syrian relations have fluctuated over the past ten years due to the changing political and military conditions on the ground in Syria and the fluctuation of the political and economic climate in Lebanon.