Cabinet 'Open' to 'Turning East' Economically, Won't Renew Sonatrach Contract


The government on Thursday expressed openness to economic cooperation with “Eastern countries” such as China, Iran and Russia, in the wake of calls in this direction from Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

“There was unanimity on being open towards everyone in a manner that achieves the country’s interest,” Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad said after a Cabinet session, responding to a reporter’s question about the matter.

Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar meanwhile said that Cabinet decided not to renew the contract with Algerian oil company Sonatrach following the latest controversy over a ship carrying counterfeit fuel to Lebanon’s power plants.

“The book of terms has become almost ready and we are discussing it with the procurement authority,” Ghajar added.

Cabinet meanwhile approved a proposal from the Education Ministry to reopen universities and technical institutions to complete the academic year and conduct exams in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, while observing “all the health and precautionary measures.”

Comments 6
Thumb zahle_nights007 19 June 2020, 04:55

Bunch of losers... Every time I think of these corrupt politicians, the word "guillotine" comes to mind. I do hope one day my wish comes true!!

Missing samiam 19 June 2020, 08:34

A kizb government doing what kizb wants

And if there were any questions as to independence or affiliation, this says it all.

Thumb doodle-dude 19 June 2020, 09:12

lol @ the shia western christian with triple iranian nationality who seeks help but also wants to eliminate Israel from the face of Earth!

Thumb thepatriot 19 June 2020, 14:38

Did China or Iran offer to help? Can they? (especially Iran)
Do you think that China or Iran that have Huge freedom of expression issues are ideal partners?
Of course that they will ask counter actions.. as IMF does.
IMF and the USA basically tell you: "you want help? Fine. Dissarm Ebola, live in peace, we will help you out".
What will Iran ask? "keep harassing Israel, attack Jerusalem, let one sect (chiaa) dominate the others in Lebanon..."
Honestly... I would rather have Ebola turn into a political party, and receive the aid of the IMF, the support of the US to our Army, and live a better life...

Thumb thepatriot 19 June 2020, 14:42

Ps: And for all idiots out there who want to see Israel "eliminted from the face of the earth"... be my guest! Go fight them... unlike ebola cowards.
And why do you hate them so much already?
Jordans seem ok with them... as well as Egyptians... or Emiratis...
Only the Lebanese idiots who want to "free Jerusalem" seem to want a war with those guys... instead of just ignoring them and living in peace like the others...

Missing arturo 19 June 2020, 16:07

It is Ira's responsibility to shore up the Lebanese economy -- they are Hezbollah's principal backer. I don't see China making the investment (its economy has its own problems now) and Russia doesn't have the money.