| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Iranian oil ship, “come and don’t come”, and Ministry of Energy “washed its hands”

“Come and don’t come,” the  song of the Lebanese singer “Feiruz,” could be a duplicate for the reality of both the Lebanese and International arenas, regarding “the first Iranian oil ship sailing towards Lebanon within hours.”

The announcement of the ships’ sailing, was made by Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on the 19th of last month, and followed his announcement with a warning to the Americans and Israelis that the ship is to be considered a Lebanese territory from the moment it sails.

14 days have passed since this announcement, while “Israel” confirmed that it would not intercept this ship,  the leaks about its sailing are unconfirmed and shrouded in secrecy, and this was confirmed by Hezbollah’s deputy Hussein Hajj Hassan, regarding the details of this matter, when he said: “It is all at the leadership of Hezbollah, especially the Secretary General”, while the state is absent and knows nothing, and it is the one who gives permission to import. It did not receive any request to extract it from Iran, according to Lebanese Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar, who “washed his hands” of the Iranian oil.

The ship tracking service “Tanker Trackers” revealed that satellite images showed, that two tankers carrying Iranian fuel to Lebanon had not sailed yet, indicating that the first tanker should be in the southern part of the Red Sea. It had previously mentioned that the Iranian tanker was launched on the 26th of last month, and the second is expected to move the next day.” This calls into question this contradictory information, knowing that its monitoring by satellites is inevitable.

All are waiting for the arrival of this ship,  and to know its destination, whether it will be the Lebanese ports or the Syrian ones, knowing that many of these tankers dock permanently at Baniyas port, although it does not have the specifications that allow the anchoring of oil tankers of large size, and this applies to Lebanon’s ports as well.

The source adds that if the ship’s destination is the Lebanese shores, then there are sanctions on everyone who deals with Iran and Syria, in addition to the words of an American senator from among the congressional delegation has said, during the visit to the three presidents and the designated president, who confirmed in the context of his speech that “any fuel that is transported through Syria is subject to sanctions, and Washington is looking for ways to do this without sanctions “maybe like those imposed on a Dutch bank that violated the sanctions on Syria, especially since Iran will not provide its oil for free and it is witnessing a severe economic crisis as a result of the international embargo, and Iraq has become its main outlet, swinging under Mustafa Al-Kahdimi’s presidency of the government.”

The source continues, as long as the import of oil from Iran was announced openly, so why do we see ambiguity controlling the route of the first tanker, which estimated the time period for its arrival to be 15 days.

Only few days separate us from the arrival of the tanker, and then it will “be based on what is needed” regarding the repercussions on Lebanon and on Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, whose government might be formed soon, as was rumored within days. So, will he submit to Haret Hreik decisions, or will study well his choices in light of the American delegation words, before announcing the government formation? We will wait and see. Meanwhile the suffering Lebanese people who have lost all confidence in this ruling class will be waiting to see what will the 14th visit bear.