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| 20 June 2021, Sunday | النسخة العربية

Nasrallah says Lebanon will import Iran fuel if shortages persist

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that the country could soon be obliged to rely on fuel imports from Iran, amid an ongoing economic collapse.

Lebanon has been facing severe fuel shortages in recent months, with long queues at gas stations and some drivers waiting more than an hour to buy even small quantities of supplies.

Describing the situation as humiliating, Nasrallah called on authorities to take a “courageous decision” and override their “fear” of the US to import fuel supplies from Iran, a country under hefty American sanctions.

If the Lebanese state fails to take action, “we, within Hezbollah, will go to Iran, negotiate with the Iranian government… and buy vessels full of petrol and fuel oil and bring them to Beirut port,” Nasrallah said.

“Let the Lebanese state (dare to) prevent the delivery of petrol and fuel oil to the Lebanese people!” he said, adding, “We can no longer tolerate these scenes of humiliation.”