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The U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein, came to Beirut with the file of demarcating the southern maritime borders and met with President Aoun.
Hochstein’s visit to Lebanon appeared to have an additional purpose as he also brought along a second heavy file, which is related to the electricity crisis impacting the Lebanese living reality.
Upon his arrival in Lebanon, he visited the Energy Minister, Dr. Walid Fayyad with the file.
Dr. Fayyad announced after meeting with Hochstein that they discussed the signing of agreements to draw electricity to Lebanon by importing Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity.
Hochstein insisted that Lebanon sign with Egypt, which will happen this week according to the Lebanese minister.
Hochstein stated that, once the agreement is signed, the United States will pressure the World Bank to secure financing for Lebanon to buy gas.
He also promised to intervene with the Iraqi side to renew the contract with Lebanon.