Lebanon Inks Deal With Syria, Jordan To Resolve Its Power Outages

The government of Lebanon on Wednesday signed an agreement with Jordan and Syria to supply electricity as part of Beirut’s efforts to resolve its long hours of power outages.

The agreement, which is funded by the World Bank at a cost of $200m, will send 250 megawatts of Jordanian energy to Lebanon through Syria.

Lebanon Energy Minister Walid Fayad signed the agreement with his Jordanian and Syrian counterparts, where Fayad termed it a historic moment for the people of Lebanon to get an extra hour of electricity.

Jordanian Energy Minister, Saleh al-Kharabsheh said the agreement is signed when the Lebanese are going through difficult circumstances.

Lebanon and Jordan also signed an electric interconnection agreement with Syria.

Syrian Energy Minister, Ghassan al-Zamil told reporters in Beirut that they are ready to connect to the power grid at any time.

Lebanese, Syrian, and Jordanian officials have termed the project as an example of Arab cooperation, especially with Syria since the eruption of civil war.

Lebanon since August 2019 is facing a financial crisis with the government is nearly in bankruptcy and struggling to recover from the catastrophe.


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