The United States will help Lebanon obtain electricity from Jordan, the Lebanese Presidency announced on Thursday.
The presidency said in a statement that President Michel Aoun had received a phone call from U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, during which she informed him of a decision by the U.S. Administration to help Lebanon obtain electricity from Jordan via Syria through Egyptian gas.
“The transportation of Egyptian gas will be facilitated through Jordan and Syria to reach northern Lebanon,” Ambassador Shea was quoted as saying during the call.
Negotiations are ongoing with the World Bank to secure funding for the Egyptian gas, as well as to repair, reinforce, and maintain power lines and gas pipes, Ambassador Shea said.
“President Aoun thanked the U.S. Ambassador for the effort she is making to achieve this step, which is in the interest of all the Lebanese who are going through a severe economic and living crisis,” the statement continued.
President Aoun also promised to make the required effort on Lebanon’s behalf to realize this project, the statement concluded.
Lebanon has been witnessing nationwide blackouts that have caused living conditions to decline further and disrupted the operations of vital sectors, including the crumbling healthcare sector.