Iran's fuel shipments violate Lebanon's sovereignty, PM says

Iran's fuel shipments violate Lebanon's sovereignty, PM Mikati says
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17 September, 2021
'The violation of Lebanon's sovereignty makes me sad,' Lebanese premier Najib Mikati said of the fuel imported by the Hezbollah movement.
Lebanon has received fuel shipments from Iraq and Iran this week [Getty]

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Iranian fuel shipments imported by the Hezbollah movement constitute a breach of Lebanon's sovereignty, according to comments published by his office.

"The violation of Lebanon's sovereignty makes me sad," Mikati told CNN in an interview, his office said in a posting on Twitter.

He added: "But I'm not concerned that sanctions can be imposed" on Lebanon "because the operation was carried out without the involvement of the Lebanese government."

The Tehran-aligned group on Thursday began bringing tanker trucks carrying fuel from Iran, a move it says should ease a crippling energy crisis in Lebanon. A tanker ship carried the fuel to Syria and from there it crossed into Lebanon. Both Syria and Iran are under US sanctions

(Reuters)