2nd Iran fuel tanker for Lebanese docks at Syrian port
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Sep 24, 2021
Tehran, Sep 24, IRNA -- The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has declared that the second Iranian tanker carrying mazut has docked at Banyas port in Syria to transit fuel to Lebanon.
According to moqawama.ir, the second ship carrying mazut from Iran reached Banyas port in Syria at 22:00 local time Thursday.
The first flotilla of Iranian tankers carrying fuel for the Lebanese people arrived in Lebanon last Thursday. The shipment was also offloaded at the Syrian port and transferred to Lebanon through Syrian soil, which was welcomed by the Lebanese people who are in dire need of fuel.
Lebanon has been grappled with financial crisis since 2019, and the Lebanese people experienced the worst situation in August, when severe fuel shortages crippled the economy and public services, including shutdowns or reduction of working hours at hospitals.
Then, Hezbollah Leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah suggested import of fuel from Iran in exchange of paying Lebanese Lira. Following the preparations made by the two sides, three tankers left Iran to Lebanon.
The secretary-general of Hezbollah announced on Monday last week that the first shipment reached Syria on Sunday night and they offloaded the fuel at Banyas port.
Underlining that all administrative efforts to pave the ground for shipping the third tanker have been done, Nasrallah had said that the second shipment will arrive in Banyas in a few days.
The fourth Iranian tanker carrying mazut will be sent around winter; then, more shipments will be decided based on new government's strategy in Lebanon as well as future developments.
Many observers are of the opinion that the dispatching of fuel tankers from Iran to Lebanon has opened a new horizon in bilateral relations between the two countries.
According to the political experts, such an effort indicates another blow to the United States' political hegemony in the region.
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