Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah asserted that “if we have to go to Iran to get gasoline and fuel oil [to address the shortage], we will, even if it causes a problem”, adding: “Everything is ready....all we need is permission to move”. The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon subsequently contended that “if you get rid of the rampant corruption in the energy and electricity sectors, half of the problem will be solved immediately… what Iran is looking for is some kind of satellite state that they can exploit to pursue their agenda”. Iran’s embassy reacted by saying: “The arrival of Iranian oil tankers in Beirut does not require an understanding with the U.S. ambassador. She should not interfere in the fraternal and brotherly relations between the two countries”.
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