Third Iranian fuel ship for Lebanon 'agreed', Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says
"We have agreed to start loading a third vessel," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
"The coming days will prove those doubtful about the shipments arriving with fuel wrong... and our words will be clear when the first vessel reaches Lebanon."
On Sunday Nasrallah had said the first vessel carrying Iranian fuel for Lebanon had already departed.
Another containing "motor gasoline" had yet to leave by TankerTrackers.com's Friday tweet on the situation, though it "may likely depart" early on Saturday. This is since not all of its load was yet onboard.
Hezbollah's foes in Lebanon have warned of dire consequences from the purchase, saying it risked sanctions being imposed on a country whose economy has been in meltdown for nearly two years.
Prime Minister-desginate Najib Mikati said earlier on Friday in an interview with Saudi-owned Al Hadath television he was against anything that would harm Lebanon's interests but also asked critics of the Iranian fuel deals to provide help so that the country would not have to resort to them.
Nasrallah blamed the country's economic crisis on what he called an economic siege by the United States adding that so-called Caesar sanctions imposed by Washington on Syria had harmed Lebanon.
"Go ahead and give Lebanon an exemption for Iranian gasoline and diesel... go ahead and give Lebanon an exemption from Caesar," Nasrallah said, addressing the United States in his speech.
#Hospitals in Tripoli, Lebanon's second city, and Zahrani are running with just two days' #fuel reserves available to them, according to the Syndicate of Hospitals in #Lebanon. 👇 #LebanonCrisis #health #medicine @SOH_in_Lebanonhttps://t.co/Pamq2Hszb4— The New Arab (@The_NewArab) August 27, 2021
Lebanon's worsening fuel shortages reached a crunch point this month threatening to bring daily life to a halt.
Nasrallah also urged top politicians to stop debating names for the new Cabinet and urgently form a government.
"It is high time this debate now ends," he said.
Lebanon has been run by the caretaker government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who resigned with his Cabinet after a massive Beirut port blast ripped through the capital a year ago.
(The New Arab, Reuters)