Jordan hosts energy meeting today to discuss transporting Egyptian gas to Lebanon

Jordan is hosting on Wednesday a meeting for energy ministers of Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon to discuss the transportation of Egyptian gas to Lebanon for electricity generation, state-owned broadcaster Mamlaka reported on Tuesday.

The United States has been in talks with Egypt and Jordan over a plan to help relieve Lebanon’s power crisis which involves using Egyptian gas to generate power in Jordan that would be transmitted through Syria. Last Saturday, a top-level Lebanese delegation went to Damascus to pave the way for the U.S.-backed plan to ease Lebanon’s power shortages.

Thought U.S. sanctions on Damascus implies a complicating factor in any effort to help Lebanon through Syria, diplomats say Washington is seeking ways to urgently deal with those obstacles.

Lebanese pro-Iranian Hezbollah group, the country’s most powerful political entity, announced last month announced it was importing fuel oil from Iran, in an attempt to ease the ongoing crisis.

Its opponents have said Hezbollah’s remarks could undermined the authority of the state and expose Lebanon to the risk of U.S. sanctions. The United States classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

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