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Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources Francis R. Fannon will travel to Beirut, Amman, and Athens from July 31 to August 9, 2019.

Building on his previous trip to the region, Assistant Secretary Fannon will be meeting with government officials and private sector representatives to discuss energy security and regional energy cooperation.  This trip represents a long-term commitment to the Eastern Mediterranean to expand economic opportunities in the energy sector, including natural gas development and related exports, and to encourage discussions on how countries can harness energy cooperation for increased regional stability and economic growth that benefits the entire region.

In Lebanon, Fannon will promote private sector energy development to help address Lebanon’s pressing energy needs.  This visit is not related to ongoing maritime boundary discussions.

In Jordan, Fannon will engage with the private sector, government officials, and civil society, to promote regional cooperation.  The three-country trip will conclude in Greece, which plays a key role promoting energy integration for the region.  While in Greece, Assistant Secretary Fannon will participate in a “3+1” working group meeting with Greece, Israel, and Cyprus.

The overall goal of the multi-country trip is to advance energy diversification for shared prosperity and security throughout the broader region.

For further information, contact Donald Kilburg, Spokesperson for the Bureau of Energy Resources, at or  Additional information is available on Twitter at @EnergyAtState.

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