Posted in: 04/09/2021 – 15:04
On Saturday, the Syrian government agreed to Lebanon’s request to import Egyptian gas through its territory for the purpose of generating energy, after Lebanese ministers visited Damascus at the highest level in years.
Syria announced on Saturday that it welcomes Lebanon’s request to import Egyptian gas through its territory for the purpose of generating energy, after Lebanese ministers visited Damascus at the highest level in years. Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad received the Lebanese delegation at the border.
The Lebanese delegation, consisting of Deputy Prime Minister, Caretaker Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs Zina Aker, Minister of Finance Ghazi Wazni, Minister of Energy Raymond Ghajar and Director General of Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim, arrived in Syria this morning. A meeting was held at the headquarters of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, in the presence of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Oil, Faisal Miqdad and Bassam Tohme.
The most prominent details of the visit of the Lebanese government delegation to Damascus
The head of the Lebanese delegation, Zina Aker, confirmed that the purpose of the visit is only to pave the way for a plan backed by the United States to reduce electricity cuts in Lebanon by transmitting electricity through the Syrian network.
For his part, Nasri Khoury, Secretary-General of the Lebanese-Syrian Higher Council, indicated in a brief statement after the meeting that “Syria agreed to the request of the Lebanese side to help pass Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity through Syrian territory.” The two sides agreed to follow up on technical matters through a joint technical team.
It should be noted that Lebanon suffers from a shortage of energy that has forced even basic services, including hospitals, to close or reduce their operations. This crisis is caused by a broader financial meltdown that has hit the economy hard since 2019.
Dimensions of the visit of a Lebanese delegation to Syria
The plan entails using Egyptian gas to generate electricity in Jordan and then transporting it via Syria to Lebanon.
It is noteworthy that US sanctions on Damascus are a complicating factor in any effort to help Lebanon through Syria, but members of Congress who visited Beirut last week said that Washington is studying ways to urgently deal with these obstacles. US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea also said that there is a will to implement the plan.
Lebanese officials have often avoided dealing with Syria since the start of the war there in 2011, as Beirut adopted a policy of distancing itself from conflicts in the region even as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah fought in support of Damascus.