The Lebanese government has denied media reports about an agreement to be supplied with gas from Israel.
Israeli media reported on Sunday the country had reached an agreement with the United States to supply Lebanon with gas.
However, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water described the Israeli media report in a statement as “totally and completely untrue.”
“The gas supply agreement that is being worked on between the Lebanese government and the sisterly Egyptian government clearly and explicitly stipulates that the gas should come from Egypt,” the ministry said.
The ministry said the deal to supply Egyptian gas to Lebanon is part of a US-led initiative to help alleviate chronic electricity shortages in the country.
“A second element of the US-led initiative entails supplying the Lebanese power grid with electricity imported from Jordan, also via Syria,” it added.
Israeli media channel, Israeli Channel 12, reported that an agreement was reached between Washington and Tel Aviv to provide Lebanon with Israeli gas from the offshore Leviathan field through Jordan.
The channel said that the deal was brokered by Amos Hochstein, the US special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, and approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.