Egypt to export gas to Turkey via Syria

Egypt will export gas to Turkey via Syria through the Arab Gas Pipeline, Syrian oil minister Sufian al-Allawi said on Monday.

Operations are currently underway to link the pipeline to the Turkish gas network, which is the conduit of Arab natural gas to Europe.

The Arab pipeline originates at the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Arish, and then continues on to Aqaba, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, with a total length of 1200km, said al-Allawi.

Turkish officials and the Egyptian oil ministry agreed on the transfer, the minister added.

Egypt announced this June it intends to broker a deal with Syria to increase the quantity of gas supplied through the pipeline.

Both countries signed an accord in 2009 to also supply Lebanon with gas.

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