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US alleviates Lebanon's sanctions concerns over energy deal

US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea provided a Treasury Department letter that addressed concerns over the energy plan's potential to violate sanctions on Syria.
Lebanese wait to fill their gas cylinders in the southern city of Sidon amidst a deepening economic crisis, on Aug. 10, 2021.

Lebanon says the United States has provided further assurances that a regional energy deal involving Syria won’t run afoul of US sanctions, the Lebanese prime minister’s office said on Friday. 

A US-endorsed deal would transport Egyptian natural gas to energy-starved Lebanon using the Arab Gas Pipeline, an existing transnational pipeline extending from Egypt to Lebanon through Jordan and Syria. For its participation in the World Bank-financed project, the Syrian government is expected to receive in-kind compensation instead of cash payments. 

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