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Ministers agree to extend Arab gas pipeline to Europe

Oil ministers in the Arab gas pipeline project have agreed to extend the pipeline to the European market, the Egyptian MENA news agency reported on Sunday.

In a meeting on Sunday, ministers of oil and energy of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon agreed to take measures to link the Arab pipeline to the European gas network following the completion of the project.

Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi, who chaired the meeting, said they discussed the implemented stages of the project which extends from Al-Arish in Egypt to Hims in Syria. In addition, experts from the four countries will discuss in the coming three days the timetables and quantities of gas to be sent to Lebanon, he added. The Arab gas pipeline, with investments of more than $800 million, stretches more than 1,000 km from Egypt to Jordan and then Syria. (Xinhua)