Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil presented a plaque to President Aoun to commemorate the signing of the first oil exploration contracts in Lebanon on Feb. 6, 2018 in Baabda Palace. (The Daily Star/ Presidency office, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Tuesday lamented past failures to improve the country's energy and water sectors, but said that the present atmosphere was finally fit for improvement.Speaking to Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil at Baabda Palace, Aoun said political obstacles that previously prevented the implementation of improvement plans have now ceased.Aoun pointed out that the failure to implement the electricity project -- approved by the government in 2010 to be fully implemented by the end of 2014 -- caused a $37 billion deficit, which added to the country's mounting national debt.The two also discussed developments in the oil sector, as well as oil exploration contracts signed during Aoun's presidency.
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