Syria Agrees To Help Lebanon Get Electricity From Jordan

Syria Agrees To Help Lebanon Get Electricity From Jordan

Syria has approved the request to help deliver Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity to Lebanon through Syrian territory.

The secretary-general of the Lebanese Syrian Higher Council, Nasri Khoury, said on Saturday that Syria had agreed to the Lebanese request, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

“The Syrian side welcomed the request and assured it was ready to oblige it,” SANA quoted Khoury as saying.

The agreement was reached after a high-ranking Lebanese official delegation visited Syria, for the first time in about a decade, to discuss its capacity to help Lebanon secure gas and electricity through its territory.

The delegation, led by caretaker Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Zeina Akar, agreed with the Syrian authorities to follow up on the relevant technical procedures via a joint technical team, Khoury said.

The plan is to use Egyptian gas to generate electricity in Jordan then transfer it to Lebanon through shared power networks between Jordan and Syria, and Syria and Lebanon.

Notably, U.S. congressmen visiting Beirut this week have said that their country was looking to urgently deal with hurdles facing the project, particularly in relation to the ongoing sanctions on Syria, according to Reuters.

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