US Reassures Lebanon Gas Supplies Through Syria to be Shielded from Caesar Law

(Reuters) — Lebanese Energy Minister Walid Fayad said on Wednesday that U.S. mediator Amos Hochstein has assured him that participants in the project to supply Lebanon with Egyptian gas will be shielded from the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Law, Lebanon's state news agency (NNA) reported, citing a statement by the ministry.

Under an agreement announced last month, Egypt will supply natural gas to Lebanon via a pipeline that passes through Jordan and Syria to help boost Lebanon's electricity output.

The plan, as outlined by the Lebanese presidency in August, also involves using Egyptian gas to generate electricity in Jordan for transmission to Lebanon via the Syrian power grid.

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