In Beirut on Saturday (11 November), communications Ministers from Lebanon, Syria and Egypt attended the inauguration of a new communications link between their countries.
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Background: In Beirut on Saturday (11 November), communications Ministers from Lebanon, Syria and Egypt attended the inauguration of a new communications link between their countries.
The new link consists of a submarine cable between Alexandria and Beirut, and an overland link between Beirut and Damascus. The submarine cable is 700 kilometres (450 miles) long and has a capacity of 120 circuits.
The project was regarded as being of vital importance to the three Arab countries. At the ceremony, it was pointed out that communications between Cairo, Beirut and Damascus had been poor for many years because of the reliance on outdated equipment.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Jamil Kebbs, the Lebanese Minister, pointed out that the ceremony marked a major improvement in the communications link between the three countries. It consists of a submarine cable between Alexandria and Beirut, and an overland link between Beirut and Damascus. The submarine cable is four-hundred-and-fifteen miles long.
As part of the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Kebbe made the first official telephone call from Beirut on the new hook-up. The completed project will and years of poor communications between Cairo, Beirut and Damascus because of the dependence on outdated equipment.
The new cable has a capacity of one-hundred-and-twenty circuits. Mr. Mahmoud Riad, Egypt's communications minister, officially represented his country at the ceremony. Total cost of the project, which was started in July 1970, was twenty-three-million Lebanese pounds.