World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian ambassador in Amman Khalid Tharwat has denied reports that an almost ten-year-old gas deal with Jordan had been terminated.
"These reports are groundless and devoid of truth," Tharwat said in a Monday statement, a copy of which was obtained by Anadolu Agency.
In 2004, Egypt and Jordan signed a 15-year agreement to pump 250 million cubic feet of Egyptian natural gas per day to the Hashemite kingdom.
Jordanian media recently reported that Cairo had informed Amman that Egypt planned to terminate the deal due to poor economic conditions.
"These reports are aimed at driving a wedge between the two countries," Tharwat said.
The diplomat added that the Egyptian government was committed to its signed agreement with Jordan.
Egypt produces 5.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day, but consumes 6.2 billion cubic feet daily, forcing it to import gas to make up for the shortfall.
Jordan, meanwhile, relies heavily on Egyptian natural gas to generate electricity. But Egyptian gas flows have been repeatedly disrupted since the 2011 ouster of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak due to repeated militant attacks on the North Sinai gas pipelines between the two countries.
"Egypt has not intentionally suspended gas flows to Jordan," Tharwat said. "This was caused by bombings or technical problems."Last Mod: 21 Ocak 2014, 12:26