Why Lebanon is keeping mum on Syria’s contentious oil exploration contracts

Sun, 2021-04-11 23:06

MISSOURI, USA/ BEIRUT: Syria has signed a four-year oil and gas exploration deal with a Russian company in Mediterranean waters that Lebanon claims as its own. The two blocks to be explored under the new contract overlap with Lebanese maritime areas for energy exploration along the country’s northern border. Yet Lebanese outrage has been conspicuous by its absence.

The Tungsten Explorer, a drillship to explore for oil and gas, is seen off the coast of Lebanon on May 15, 2020. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)
Lebanon’s waters are home to a number of promising offshore oil and gas sites, but Syrian encroachment into them has so far been met with a muted response. (AFP)
Lebanon’s waters are home to a number of promising offshore oil and gas sites, but Syrian encroachment into them has so far been met with a muted response. (AFP)
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