Caretaker Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar described “today’s talks between the Syrian and Lebanese sides as positive, and the Syrian side has shown a great desire to cooperate with the Lebanese side.”
In a statement, he pointed out that “a Lebanese-Syrian-Jordanian-Egyptian quartet meeting will be held next week in Jordan to identify the necessary steps to activate the agreements between the four countries. We will see technical, technical and financial issues, set a work program and timetable, and activate a technical work team to inspect all sites in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan.” And the safety of its investments is ensured until it is operated safely, and this can start between Lebanon and Syria, because they are immediately interconnected, and between Syria, Jordan and Egypt.”
On the issue of electricity, he said: “In order to be able to use electricity, the electricity must pass through a network of 400 kilovolts from Jordan through Syria to Lebanon,” noting that “there are damages and need to be surveyed to ascertain their size.”
On the issue of gas, Ghajar said: “There are currently four plants in Lebanon, Deir Ammar, Tyre, Baalbek and Al-Zahrani, which are already equipped to work on gas there, and among them is a plant that worked on gas in 2009, which is the Deir Ammar plant, and this gas came from Egypt through Jordan and Syria and worked for six months and then was cut off. Because of the lack of gas, this plant is ready today. To operate it, it must be inspected by a specialized company, and the Deir Ammar plant is the only one that has been tested and equipped.”
Regarding the American role in bringing gas to Lebanon, Ghajar said: “We can benefit from Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity. This issue is not new technically, and we were discussing it, but there were obstacles, and there were the exceptions required from the Americans who took the initiative when they saw the difficult situation in Lebanon, They declared that they had no objection, and first the Jordanian states began, then the Egyptian state and the World Bank, and the exceptions were worked on to work on these projects.
Tohma: For his part, Syrian Oil Minister Ghassan Tohme said: “The issue that was discussed today was within its technical framework,” noting that “Syria and Lebanon are among the first signatories to a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of the Arabic calligraphy in 2000, and in 2001 Jordan joined this agreement, if Syrian-Lebanese cooperation in this context is not new, and I discussed with Minister Ghajar the technical issue, infrastructure and its readiness to transport this gas, and this aspect was reviewed, i.e. the Arab line from the Jordanian border to central Syria, from central Syria to the Dabousa station and from there to the Lebanese interior. Forming a joint committee from both sides to ensure the integrity of the infrastructure.
He added: “The Syrian people suffer in the matter of energy as well as the Lebanese people, and the difference between Syria and Lebanon is that Syria possesses wealth and these wealth are subject to the American occupation, and they act with it like bandits, and the Syrian people are the legitimate owner of this wealth, and they suffer and cannot benefit from it.”
Ghajar and Tohme’s words came after Nasri Khoury, the Secretary-General of the Lebanese-Syrian Supreme Council, announced that Syria had agreed to the Lebanese side’s request for assistance in passing Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity through Syrian territory and its willingness to meet that.
A Syrian-Lebanese talks session was held in the Syrian capital, Damascus today, and was chaired by the Syrian side, Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad, and the Lebanese side by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Foreign Affairs in the caretaker government, Zina Aker.
On the Lebanese side, in addition to Aker and Ghajar, Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni, Director General of Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim, and Lebanese Ambassador to Syria Saad Zakhia participated in the talks.
On the Syrian side, in addition to Tohme, Finance Minister Kenan Yaghi, Head of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission Fadi El-Khalil and Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali participated.
The Lebanese ministerial delegation headed by Aker arrived in Damascus this morning, where Miqdad received him at the Jdeidet Yabous crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Where is the Lebanese flag? Lebanese citizens criticized the Lebanese delegation sent to Syria to discuss the issue of importing natural gas from Egypt through Jordan to Syria and Lebanon, and importing electric power from Jordan through Syria to Lebanon.
The tweeters commented on the absence of the Lebanese flag behind the delegation representing Lebanon on the visit, knowing that during the visit of any official delegation to any country, the flags of the two countries are placed.
The Lebanese considered this an insult to the Lebanese by not placing the Lebanese flag and replacing it with the Syrian flag.