Shea Says U.S. to Help Lebanon Get Electricity from Jordan, Gas from Egypt
Hours after Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah announced that a ship carrying diesel from Iran to Lebanon would arrive within hours, President Michel Aoun's office announced that U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea told him the United States would help Lebanon get electricity from Jordan and facilitate the flow of Egyptian gas through Jordan and Syria to northern Lebanon.
Shea told Aoun that negotiations are ongoing with the World Bank to pay for Egyptian gas and to fix cables and pipelines that will be used, according to the statement.
There was no immediate comment from the U.S. State Department or the American Embassy in Beirut. Shea, the U.S. ambassador, spoke about the crisis in Lebanon with the English service of the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV on Thursday.
"I'm trying to find solutions for the Lebanese people," Shea, told Al Arabiya English.
"We've been talking to the governments of Egypt, Jordan, the government here (Lebanon), the World Bank. We're trying to get real, sustainable solutions for Lebanon's fuel and energy needs," she said.