| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

Ibrahim: Lebanon will not enter darkness thanks to Iraqi oil

Director of the Lebanese Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, revealed today the secrets behind the Iraqi oil aid to Lebanon and the approval of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi on increasing it, while stressing that Lebanon will not enter darkness thanks to Iraqi oil.

Ibrahim said that He made several visits to Iraq, specifically to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, and when the latter asked him what does Lebanon need to overcome the current crisis, the answer was “Lebanon needs black Iraqi oil.” He added that Al-Kazemi responded directly and contacted the Iraqi Oil Minister, requesting his presence, where a tripartite meeting was held, during which it was approved to provide Lebanon with the required amount of oil.This was followed by other technical visits with the Lebanese Oil Minister Raymond Ghajar and his advisors, and it was finalized by the Iraqi Council of Ministers decision that stipulates determining the amount of 500 thousand tons of black oil allocated to Lebanon.

Speaking about his recent visit to Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, which lasted for more than an hour, Major General Ibrahim said that he “made it clear to Al-Kazemi, that the specified amount may not be enough, and that AL-Kazemi, with  the Iraqi Council of Ministers agreed on increasing the amount to one million tons.

In response to a question about the payment mechanism, He said: “The oil will be paid for with facilities, which is a generous gesture from President Al-Kazemi, and the mechanism will be through the Central Banks of both countries , and this process will end within a few days, and then in a week to ten days, the import process will start.

Ibrahim concluded  “We return favors with better ones, and we will stand by Iraq in all that it might ask of Lebanon from now and forever