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Egypt hopes to help Lebanon overcome energy crisis soon, minister says

Lebanese citizens wait in long queues to fill their gas cylinders and to fill their vehicles at gas stations as economic crisis worsens in Beirut, Lebanon on August 12, 2021 [Wassim Samih Seifeddine/Anadolu Agency]
Lebanese citizens wait in long queues to fill their gas cylinders and to fill their vehicles at gas stations as economic crisis worsens in Beirut, Lebanon on August 12, 2021 [Wassim Samih Seifeddine/Anadolu Agency]

Egypt's petroleum minister said today he hoped to export Egyptian gas as soon as possible to Jordan to generate power that will supply Lebanon, Reuters reports.

The minister made his remarks after a meeting in Jordan that also included his Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian counterparts.

The meeting was held to discuss a US-backed plan to ease Lebanon's power crisis that involves using Egyptian gas to generate power in Jordan that would be transmitted via Syria.

Meanwhile, Lebanese caretaker energy minister Raymond Ghajar said Beirut is working with the World Bank to secure financing for the scheme.

Lebanon is in the throes of a deep economic meltdown that is threatening its stability. The World Bank has called it one of the deepest depressions of modern history.

READ: US approves $47m in aid to crisis-hit Lebanon army

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