AMMAN, Jordan (NWN) – King Abdullah II of Jordan received the Lebanese Prime Minister in Amman on Sunday, saying his country will support the small nation and its people during the worst economic crisis.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s visit to Jordan is his first visit to an Arab country since he formed his cabinet last month. This happens after the prime minister’s trips to France and Great Britain, when Mikati turns to them for help.
The World Bank has described the economic crisis in Lebanon since 2019 as one of the worst in the world in 150 years. More than 70% of the Lebanese population lives in poverty, and the national currency is in free fall, which leads to unprecedented levels of inflation and unemployment.
On Wednesday, Jordan agreed to supply Lebanon with electricity through Syria, and work on the schedule is underway. Egypt also agreed to supply Lebanon with natural gas for its power plants via Jordan and Syria.
In Lebanon, electricity was cut for 22 hours a day, and on Saturday, the country’s two main power plants were forced to shut down due to fuel production. As a result, Lebanon was left without the power produced by the state.
Energy Minister Walid Fayyad said the Lebanese army urgently supplied fuel to two stations on Sunday and they resumed work.
The royal court of Jordan quoted the king as saying to Mikati that “Jordan will always be with Lebanon and its fraternal people.” It does not provide any details, but says the two officials also discussed regional affairs.
Jordanian Prime Minister Bicher Khasawneh visited Lebanon late last month and said efforts were being made to provide Lebanon with electricity from Jordan.