Egyptian, Lebanese PMs discuss power linkage, gas exportation as they meet on 2022 WYF sidelines



Mon, 10 Jan 2022 - 05:41 GMT


Mon, 10 Jan 2022 - 05:41 GMT

CAIRO – 10 January 2022: Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly discussed on Monday with his Lebanese counterpart, Najib Mikati, enhancing cooperation regarding gas exportation as well as means of achieving power linkage between the two countries.

Madbouly met Mikati in Egypt, as the Lebanese premier has been in the country to attend the World Youth Forum (WYF) in South Sinai’s Sharm El-Sheikh.

During the meeting, Madbouly urged continuing providing all forms of support possible to Lebanon.

He also welcomed Mikati’s invitation for him to visit Lebanon at the earlier opportunity in support of the Lebanese people.

Mikati expressed his sincere appreciation to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Madbouly, and the Egyptian government for the diligent follow-up on issues of cooperation with Lebanon, and the sincere desire and efforts to stand by Lebanon in times of difficulties.

The Lebanese premier met with El-Sisi earlier on Monday. Madbouly said the president’s meeting with Mikati came to confirm the political leadership’s keenness on continuing Egypt’s support to Lebanon so that it overcomes the current critical stage.

In December last year, Sisi promised to study the possibility to increase the share of Egyptian gas that would be exported to Lebanon via Syria soon, said Mikati in an interview with Egypt’s state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.

The share of the Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon is estimated at 650 million cubic feet, he said.

Mikati added that his meeting with President Sisi was “quite fruitful and positive”, noting that President Sisi is a person who loved Lebanon and all the Lebanese people.

Egypt will begin to export 60 to 65 million cubic feet of gas per day to Lebanon, according to statements by the Minister of Petroleum to Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference in Abu Dhabi in November 2021.

In October, Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum announced that his country will export natural gas to Lebanon in the coming weeks.

This statement came after his talks, held for two days, with Lebanese counterpart Walid Fayad, where they discussed a road map for supplying Lebanon with Egyptian gas, including all technical, commercial, and contractual aspects, as well as the supply mechanism.

These discussions were held after nearly a month of the agreement of the Arab Gas Pipeline countries "Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon" on September 8, to deliver Egyptian natural gas to Lebanon via Jordan and Syria.



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