Beirut and Damascus agreed Friday to repair a pipeline as soon as possible to allow Lebanon to take advantage of Iraqi oil in the 'oil for food' programme, after an agreement with Baghdad which should come in February, an official source said.
The Syrian-Lebanese technical committee, meeting in Beirut, decided to start repair work so the pipeline, which has been out of action for more than 15 years, can be test by the end of January, Lebanon's minister for water resources and electricity, Mohammad Abdel Hamid Beydun told a news conference.
"This means that Lebanon will be able to benefit from Iraqi oil in the context of the (UN) 'oil for food' programme, as soon as an agreement is reached with the Iraqi government, and that could be as soon as February," he said.
He said "the operation which is not technically complicated should cost two to three million dollars."—AFP.
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