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Lebanon dismisses as ‘completely untrue’ report of secret deal to get Israeli gas

Lebanon’s Energy Ministry denies a report by Israel’s Channel 12 news yesterday that said Israel has signed an agreement to indirectly pump natural gas to Lebanon to aid the crisis-hit nation, calling it “completely untrue.”

“The Ministry of Energy and Water confirms that the gas supply agreement that is being worked on between the Lebanese government and the sisterly Egyptian government clearly and explicitly stipulates that the gas should come from Egypt, which owns large quantities of it, and consumes within the same country more than a hundred times what it will provide to Lebanon,” the ministry says in a statement cited by local media.

“What is being circulated about the fact that the gas will be Israeli gas is totally and completely untrue,” it adds.

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