SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 18 January 2022, Tuesday |

Egypt gives directives to facilitate the transfer of Egyptian gas to Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the sidelines of the fourth session of the ‘World Youth Forum’ in Sharm El-Sheikh.

Al-Sisi affirmed his pride of the close relations between Egypt and Lebanon, expressing full support for Mikati in order to succeed in managing the work of the Lebanese government, in a manner that meets the aspirations of the Lebanese people, and help to carry out the necessary reforms to overcome the current delicate situation.

The meeting dealt with ways to strengthen the existing bilateral cooperation frameworks between the two countries, including the possibility of benefiting from the Egyptian experience, in the field of electricity, infrastructure and energy projects.

During the meeting, Sisi affirmed his total solidarity with Lebanon, especially in the hardship it is going through, expressing Egypt’s readiness to contribute to the delivery of gas in accordance with the signed treaties, explaining that he gave his directions to facilitate the issue and speed up its implementation.

Less than a week ago, PM Mikati informed President Michel Aoun that the general budget for 2022 was ready. He added that he would call the Council of Ministers to convene upon receipt of the budget to consider it as the most important issue at the present time, and then transfer it to the Parliament. But the question is, will the budget be approved?

To shed light on this topic, economist Professor Jassim Ajaqa joined us.