Lebanon’s Interim Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said today, Wednesday, 1 September, that he had not received a request to import fuel from Iran.
And Reuters news agency reported that Ghajar confirmed today to reporters about Iran sending shipments to Lebanon: “Our role is limited to import licenses… We have not received a request to export an import license.”
In response to a question about whether Iranian fuel tankers can reach Lebanon without any license, Ghajar added: “No, we have no information, our permission was not requested, this is only what I say.”
As Richard Blumenthal, the US senator, said at a press conference in Beirut, there is no reason for Lebanon to depend on Iranian fuel shipments.
“Reuters” reported that these statements may confirm the Lebanese Hezbollah’s circumvention of [العقوبات الأميركية] To import fuel from Iran.
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid refused, today, Wednesday, to answer questions about Iranian fuel ships to Lebanon, but said: “It is in our interest for Lebanon to have an effective government.”
The Lebanese Hezbollah, which enjoys broad support from the Iranian regime, announced last month that a shipment of Iranian fuel was on its way to the country to ease the fuel shortage crisis in Lebanon. Hezbollah also announced sending two other similar shipments to the country.
This comes while Hezbollah has not yet announced the details of the date and location of the arrival of Iranian fuel tankers, and the tanker tracking company, Tanker Trackers, announced today, Wednesday, that the second and third ships have not moved yet, according to satellite images.
The same report added that the first tanker should now be south of the Red Sea.
On Sunday, Iranian media had announced that two tankers carrying Iranian fuel were on their way to Lebanon. A member of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee said that there was no “problem” for these ships and that “Lebanese merchants are responsible for the security of shipments.”
Iranian media previously reported that the third ship carrying Iranian fuel may head to Lebanon in early September.
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, an ally of Hezbollah, said on Tuesday that he would welcome any support, including from Iran, to help Lebanon weather the crisis.
In addition, Iran’s sending of fuel to Lebanon was met with a negative reaction by a number of Lebanese politicians, including Saad Hariri, who warned of the danger of imposing more sanctions on Lebanon.
But Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh described sending the shipments as a “normal energy trade”, a “familiar decision taken by the regime”.
In response to Khatibzadeh’s comments, film director Mohammad Rasoulof wrote on Twitter: “You can’t stand seeing the planned suffering against the Lebanese people, but you plan to suffer and die against the Iranian people.”
Hadi Begi Nejad, a member of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee, also pointed out Iran’s sending fuel and oil derivatives to Syria, Lebanon and Venezuela: “We must do everything in our power to help the resistance axis so that it does not suffer from fuel supplies, which is part of the basic needs of any country.” .
Source: Iran Intel