The Iranian Embassy responded to U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea with a Tweet:
The arrival of Iranian oil tankers in Beirut, without the “trifles” of the American ambassador. The ambassador must not interfere in the fraternal relations between the two countries and the Iranian and Lebanese peoples.Tweet from the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon, this Saturday, May 26.
The tweet, accompanied by the photograph of an Iranian tanker, does not, however, announce the arrival of a ship in Lebanon. Sources from the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources have indicated that no authorization to import fuel into Lebanon from Iran has been requested so far despite the words of the Secretary General of the Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who announced that the preparations for this have been made.
Just hours after the televised address by Hezbollah’s secretary general who announced yesterday that the Shiite movement had completed preparations to import fuel from Iran, US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea responded, believing that importing fuel ships from Iran was “really not a solution”.
Speaking on the airwaves of the Al Jadeed channel, she also attacked Lebanese parties who are trying to obtain a blocking third party in a new government.
“The time has come to build a government, not to block a government”DOROTHY SHEA, FRIDAY, JUNE 25 ON THE WAVES OF AL JADEED
Dorothy Shea expressed the concerns of American leaders anxious to avoid a collapse of Lebanon without however designating the parties responsible, according to her, for blocking the process of forming the next cabinet.
I don’t know if there is a party that deserves the blame, but I can tell you that there is a desperate need for a fully empowered government that is committed and capable of implementing reforms, stopping bleeding, to start stabilizing the economyDOROTHY SHEA, FRIDAY, JUNE 25 ON THE WAVES OF AL JADEED
It strongly attacked a possible importation of Iranian fuels in Lebanon, a country which currently suffers from a shortage of gasoline and fuel oil, being today unable to import it due to a lack of liquidity. She believes that this proposal aims to transform the Land of the Cedars into a satellite state.
There are other alternatives for providing fuel and electricity to the Lebanese people, she said, including eradicating corruption. “If we could eradicate corruption from your energy and power sectors, half of the problem will be addressed,” notes the ambassador.