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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Michele J. Sison met Thursday with Minister of Energy and Water Gebran Bassil and Minister of Public Works and Transportation Ghazi Aridi.

At the Ministry of Energy and Water, Ambassador Sison and Minister Bassil discussed the details of the pending Memoranda of Understanding between the U.S. government and the Ministry for two new water projects funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) totaling $28 million. USAID’s Lebanon Water and Wastewater Sector Support program will assist all four Lebanese water authorities maintain financial and operational sustainability and USAID’s Litani River Basin Management Support program will provide technical support to the Litani River Authority.

At the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Ambassador Sison and Minister Aridi discussed the ministry’s public works project priorities for the coming year.

Ambassador Sison conveyed to both ministers the United States government’s desire for continued cooperation with the Lebanese government on important economic growth, development and reform priorities. Source: US embassy

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