Despite Morsi ouster, Qatar sends gas shipment to energy-starved Egypt

By REUTERS
August 20, 2013 11:16
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ABU DHABI - Qatar has sent its second tanker this month of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Egypt, struggling to cover its energy needs even before the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi unleashed deadly violence.

Qatar's state news agency said late on Monday the tanker left Ras Laffan terminal on Aug. 9, a week after the first cargo, part of an agreement made with Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government, which were backed by Doha.

Doha agreed in June to supply Egypt, which suffers frequent power cuts, with five shipments to cover some of its needs, which increase during the hot summer.

The total amount agreed has not been revealed, but traders say the shipments will only cover some of the gap in supply to Egypt, which has borrowed billions of dollars from abroad and delayed payments to oil companies and other suppliers.

The latest delivery seems to confirm that Qatar will honor the deal despite the army's removal of Morsi after mass protests and the resulting violence which has killed almost 900 people.

The Qatari foreign ministry has asked for the release of jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders and condemned the Egyptian security forces' clearing of two pro-Morsi sit-ins last week.

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