Lebanon Thanks Iraq For Doubling Crude Supply Amid Frequent Power Cuts

BEIRUT, Lebanon’s House Speaker, Nabih Berri, yesterday, expressed gratitude to Iraq, for its decision to increase its yearly crude oil supply to Lebanon from 500,000 tonnes to one million tonnes.

In a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Berri said, one million tonnes of crude oil is sufficient to meet half of Lebanon’s annual need.

“On my behalf, and on behalf of Lebanon’s parliament and the Lebanese people, I extend my heartfelt thanks to Iraqi president, government, parliament and people,” he said.

Iraq’s crude oil support for Lebanon was first agreed upon during a recent visit to the country, by Lebanese caretaker Energy Minister, Raymond Ghajar.

Lebanon has been suffering frequent power cuts because of the country’s shortage in U.S. dollars, that limits its ability to import fuel to operate its power plants.

Ghajar warned that, Lebanon could plunge into total darkness by the end of June, if the situation continues to worsen.



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