Addressing reports that a third Iranian tanker carrying fuel to Lebanon had arrived in Syria, a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson indicated that “we are aware of that… broadly speaking, fuel from a country subject to extensive sanctions like Iran is not very clearly a sustainable solution to Lebanon’s energy crisis”. He further underscored that “we support efforts to find transparent and sustainable energy solutions that will address Lebanon’s acute energy and fuel shortages. This is, in our minds, Hizbollah playing a public relations game, not engaged in constructive problem solving”. The following day, during a visit to Beirut, Iranian Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian affirmed that “at any point in time if the Lebanese government asks Iran formally within the context of their brotherly ties... Iran is ready to send fuel products”.
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