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Iranian fuel-laden ship to reach Lebanon ‘soon’: Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to Beirut says the vessel that has been loaded with Iranian fuel for Lebanon is to reach its destination shortly.

“Iran would not allow any regional or international party to stand up to the Islamic Republic and its decisions to help out the countries of the region,” Mohammad-Jalal Firouz-Nia told Lebanon’s al-Manar television network on Thursday.

“We stand by the regional countries against the policy of starving nations,” he added.

Lebanon has been mired since late 2019 in a deep financial crisis that has caused the Lebanese pound to lose around 90 percent of its value to the dollar.

Severe fuel shortages and wide-scale power cuts have paralyzed the country, which is also grappling with a political deadlock.

The United States has played a major role in steering the crisis by taking the country under oppressive sanctions so it can impose its political preferences on it.

Apart from Iran, the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah has also warned strongly against any attempts at interference with the shipment process.

Firouz-Nia called the shipment an instance of natural and normal interaction between countries. “There is no reason for interference for any party, whether America or others,” he said.

The official noted that the Islamic Republic had also volunteered to help Lebanon’s electricity crisis.

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has referred to the US Embassy in Beirut as the headquarters used for the direction of all the sabotage activities, whether the fuel shortage, the electricity crisis or any other disruptive measures.

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