Egypt will resume exporting natural gas to Jordan after a months-long hiatus caused by bombing attacks on the northern Sinai pipeline, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr told his Jordanian counterpart on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference alongside Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in the Jordanian capital of Amman, Amr said Cairo sought to increase the amount of gas it pumped to Jordan from 1000 million cubic meters to 150 cubic meters.
Terrorists exploiting the sensitive security situation in the Sinai peninsula since the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak bombed the pipeline at least 14 times in the past year, the principle reason that Cairo was unable to deliver its export of natural gas to the Hashemite Kingdom, Amr explained.
Despite fuel shortages in Egypt and anger amongst Egyptians over Cairo's longstanding gas deal with Israel, which saw Jerusalem buy gas at below-market prices, the North African country's delivery of gas to Jordan has not drawn the ire of most Egyptians, and Amr stressed the importance of resuming the transfer of natural gas to the Hashemite Kingdom.
According to CNN in Arabic, Jordanian officials confirmed earlier that gas imports from Egypt had decreased since 2009, when Egypt exported upwards of 300 million cubic meters of gas, a number which dropped to just 78 million cubic meters in 2011.