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Jordan says it is working to hasten gas deliveries to Lebanon

Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, left, speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Najib Mikati, at the Government House in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, left, speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Najib Mikati, at the Government House in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT (AP) — Jordan says it is discussing ways to expedite Egyptian natural gas shipments via its territory and Syria to Lebanon, which is dealing with a grueling energy crisis.

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh arrives in Beirut today, the first foreign official to visit Lebanon’s new prime minister who took office earlier this month. Khasawneh says Jordan is committed to support Lebanon’s stability.

“We will not hold back our capabilities, we’ll respond with all we can for our brothers in Lebanon,” Khasawneh says in a press conference with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati. “We discussed ways to expedite Lebanon receiving Egyptian gas to help some of the energy challenges and electricity sector.”

He says there are efforts to provide Lebanon with some electricity from Jordan. He offered no details and said detailed discussions will follow.

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