US alleviates Lebanon’s sanctions concerns over energy deal

US alleviates Lebanon’s sanctions concerns over energy deal

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  • Date: 14-Jan-2022
  • Source: Al-Monitor
  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Country: Lebanon
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US alleviates Lebanon’s sanctions concerns over energy deal

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. 

Questions remain over whether the energy project would contradict US sanctions on the Syrian government and its benefactors. The Caesar Act allows the United States to sanction third parties who do business with the Syrian government, specifically in the construction, engineering, aviation and energy sectors. In October, senior State Department official Victoria Nuland said that because the deal “falls under the humanitarian category, no sanctions waiver would be required.” 

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