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Arab Gas Pipeline ministers to meet in Cairo late May

CAIRO, May 21 (KUNA) -- The oil and energy ministers of the Arab Gas Pipeline are to hold an extended meeting here late this month to thrash out the latest development of linking the pipeline to the European gas network, Egypt's oil minister said here Thursday.
The linkage comes following the completion of the four stages of the Arab Gas Pipeline, which extends from Egypt to Jordan, Syria and then Lebanon, Sameh Fahmi told reporters following a meeting with the visiting Lebanese and Syrian ministers of energy and water.
In this context, he pointed to the possible utilization of other gas sources from Iraq after joining the Arab Gas Pipeline, for boosting economic revenues, he said.
During the meeting, the Egyptian minister briefed them on the ongoing implementation of the pipeline and an agreement of principles between Egypt and Lebanon.
For his part, Lebanese Minister of Energy and Water Resources Alain Tabbourian said his country was looking forward to tapping Egypt's oil experience, including its implementation of giant projects in several Arab and foreign countries.
He said there was a working group, involving experts from both nations, reviewing all relevant contracts to deliver gas to Lebanon.
Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Khaldoun Qutishat said there was full coordination between Jordan and Egypt for expanding joint ventures that could lead to economic benefits to both Arab countries. (end) rg.mt KUNA 211538 May 09NNNN