DAMASCUS — Syria has agreed met: help crisis-hit Lebanon through gas and electricity transit over to allow its territory, and official said on Saturday during the first high-level visit from Beirut to Damascus since the Syrian civil war broke out ten years ago.
Serious fuel shortages and power austerity from Lebanon’s economic collapse has paralyzed businesses such as restaurants, shops, and industry, as well as essential services like hospitals.
Now Beirut hopes to make a deal to import gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan using Syrian infrastructure — with Washington’s Blessing Despite United States Sanctions against the Damascus regime.
Syria is “ready” to help Lebanon with “transit for Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity via Syrian territory,” senior official Nasri Khouri told reporters, after the delegation, led by the Lebanese interim deputy prime minister Zeina Akar, met The Syrian minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal al-Meqdad and the minister by Oil Bassam Tomeh.
“The parties have agreed to set up a joint team technical details follow” of the plan, added khouri, who is secretary-general of the Lebanese-Syrian Supreme Council.
Meanwhile, Lebanon expects a shipment of fuel from Iran, die local media would be delivered in a major Syrian port and over be transported across the country. The leader of the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah terror group has arranged with allies in Tehran to ship the fuel to Lebanon to help ease the small fuel shortages in the country.
The delivery would in to fight met the US sanctions on Iran imposed by former US President Donald Trump, who drew Washington out of a nuclear deal between Iran and world forces in 2018.
There is no date yet for the fuel arrival but the shipment to Lebanon is seen as a test of US sanctions and many in Lebanon fears it is possible trigger Fines.
Lebanon has maintained diplomatic ties with Syria, but it has a policy of dissociation of the conflict since it began in 2011, die put a damper on on official transactions.
Lebanese security officials and politicians have made multiple visits to Syria in in recent years, but almost exclusively in a personal capacity of on On behalf of of political parties die support President Bashar Assad’s government.
Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terror group, had sent fighters to Syria to support Assad’s troops in their war against opponents. But other parties in Lebanon supported the opposition and left Lebanese behind politics deeply divided on how To hang out with the Syrian government. Relations have been maintained mainly to address security issues.
Syrian state media have touted it as a visit that “breaks the ice and” [revives] relations” between the two countries.
The Syrian minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal Mikdad received the delegation at a border crossing on The Saturday before that, they drove to Damascus together.
The economic crisis in Lebanon has been described by the World Bank as: one of the most serious de world experienced since the 1850s. The currency crashed when the exchange bank’s foreign reserves dried up up, leading to crippling deficits of medicines and fuel.
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