Jordan reviews energy deliveries to Lebanon
The Jordanian prime minister said September 30 that more work could be done to facilitate energy shipments to Lebanon. Bishr Khasawneh met with his Lebanese counterpart, Najib Mikati, to review bilateral cooperation.
“The discussions tackled means to enhance cooperation in the field of energy, in addition to expediting the supply of Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria,” a readout from Jordan’s official news agency Petra read.
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Jordanian energy minister Hala Zawati hosted her counterparts from Egypt, Lebanon and Syria in early September to discuss sending Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon.
All parties to the ministerial meeting are Arab Gas Pipeline countries. The 1,200-km pipeline runs from Egypt, around Israel, north to Jordan and Syria. A lateral extends from Syria to the Lebanese coastal city of Tripoli.
The Hezbollah group in Lebanon has said it would help facilitate fuel shipments from Iran to Lebanon to help address shortfalls. Western powers, however, have increased their sanctions pressure on Hezbollah, which the US government accused of abusing “the international financial system by developing global networks of financiers to fill its coffers and support its terrorist activity.”
Lebanon has been in a state of political crisis at least since a major blast at the port of Beirut left more than 200 people dead in August 2020. In a country with aging energy infrastructure, the political crisis has only compounded the energy woes.