Beirut, 27 January 2022 (TDI): The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, received the Syrian Minister of Energy, Ghassan Al-Zamil. His visit comes on the eve of signing the contract to supply electric power from Jordan through Syria.
Al Zamil was accompanied by the Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Walid Fayyad, and the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdel Karim Ali. During the meeting, Minister Al-Zamel conveyed to the President of Lebanon the greetings of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
Al-Assad declared through his Minister in his initiatives: “To provide all assistance and all facilities for the implementation of this project.“ President Aoun thanked Minister Al-Zamel for what Syria had accomplished to facilitate the signing of the contract.
الرئيس عون استقبل وزير الطاقة السوري غسان الزامل ونظيره اللبناني وليد فياض والسفير السوري في لبنان علي عبد الكريم علي pic.twitter.com/Mo7g52Tef9
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The Lebanese President also praised the existing Arab cooperation to support Lebanon by its Arab brothers. Especially in this difficult time, it is going through.
After the meeting, Minister Fayyad made a statement to the press declaring that it is expected that they will sign an energy supply contract from Jordan on Wednesday.
To this end, they also received the Jordanian Minister, Saleh Al-Kharabashi in the palace.
He added by declaring that they will also sign an energy transit agreement from Jordan to Lebanon via Syria. This agreement will be possible after cooperation with the Arab committee.
The Lebanese Minister added that it is an important step in rebuilding the historical partnerships between the two countries. It also tightens the ties between Lebanon and its Arab neighbors.
On the other hand, the Syrian Minister declared that on the 29th of last month, he informed the Jordanian and Lebanese sides about the readiness of the line.
Furthermore, he also added that the directives of the Syrian government require that all facilities be provided to complete this agreement. And when asked if there are positive signs from the World Bank in this direction, the Lebanese Minister replied:
“Yes, there are positive signs, and we will meet with officials in the World Bank in this regard“.