No Permission Has Officially Been Requested To Import The Iranian Fuel

No Permission Has Officially Been Requested To Import The Iranian Fuel
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The Lebanese Energy Ministry has not received a request to import fuel from Iran, caretaker Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said on Wednesday.

“We were not asked for permission to import fuel from Iran. As the Ministry and the [Lebanese Petroleum Administration], our role is limited to import permission,” Ghajar said during a press conference.

This comes after Hezbollah had announced that Iranian fuel tankers were headed to Lebanon, which is suffering from severe fuel shortages.

On Friday, the Iran-backed party said that a third tanker would set sail for Lebanon with the aim of alleviating its fuel crisis.

The import of fuel from Iran, a sanctioned country, without prior exemption from the United States, could expose Lebanon to sanctions, experts and officials have warned.

Notably, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported in August that the shipments had been purchased by a group of Lebanese Shiite businessmen.

Officially, Lebanon is in the process of importing 1 million tonnes of oil from Iraq, expected to arrive later this month.

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No Permission Has Officially Been Requested To Import The Iranian Fuel

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