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Israel signs secret deal to transfer natural gas to Lebanon — TV

A view of the Leviathan natural gas processing rig from Dor Habonim Beach Nature Reserve, on January 1, 2020. (Flash90)
A view of the Leviathan natural gas processing rig from Dor Habonim Beach Nature Reserve, on January 1, 2020. (Flash90)

In a first, Israel has signed an agreement to supply natural gas to Lebanon, Channel 12 news reports.

The network says the deal was brokered by US envoy Amos Hochstein and secretly signed this weekend. It will see Israel transfer gas from the Leviathan field to Jordan, from where it will be sent on to Lebanon by way of Syria.

The agreement was approved by the United States and was also coordinated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the report.

It says the deal was partly designed to provide Lebanon an alternative to Iran as it seeks to recover from a deep economic crisis.

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