Iran reveals obstacles to developing its economic relations with Lebanon

Iran reveals obstacles to developing its economic relations with Lebanon
Iran reveals obstacles to developing its economic relations with Lebanon

The controversy that accompanied Iran’s export of fuel shipments to Lebanon is one of the problems that the two countries face in strengthening their trade relations, as there are major obstacles to their development.

In this context, the Director-General of the Middle East and North Africa at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Mir Masoud Hosseinian, revealed today, Saturday, in an interview with the Iranian “ISNA” agency, that the US sanctions constitute one of the most important of these obstacles, saying that the Iranian government had recently proposed to the Lebanese government to seek to Obtaining exemptions from sanctions from the US administration, similar to what happened with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hosseinian added that these sanctions are “unjust and we do not recognize them,” noting that “the Lebanese government is seeking to obtain exemptions from US sanctions on Iran, as well as the Caesar’s Law.”

The Iranian official explained that “the issue of the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, sanctions, problems in banking relations, the bombing of the Beirut port, and the instability of a government in Lebanon for about 13 months are among the obstacles to developing relations between the two countries at the economic and commercial levels.”

He stressed that Tehran is seeking to overcome these obstacles, referring in the context to an invitation addressed by Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian to his Lebanese counterpart, Abdullah Bouhabib, during his recent visit to Beirut to visit Tehran in the near future.

He pointed to Iranian efforts to hold the joint economic committee between the two countries until the end of this year, saying that the last meeting of the committee was held six years ago, while stressing that “the main problem in Lebanon is in the economy, and we can export technical and engineering services to play an important role in solving the problem.” .

Husseinian added that his country will continue to send fuel to Lebanon, and “other shipments are scheduled to be exported” during the coming period, stressing that “it did not violate Lebanese laws with this and a greater part of the Lebanese economy belongs to the private sector, and we sell fuel to this sector in Lebanon, but Hezbollah supported idea and run it.

The Iranian official explained that reducing the differences between Tehran and Riyadh will have a positive impact on Iranian-Lebanese relations, pointing to the holding of four rounds of dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Baghdad, and affirming that “the course of the talks is positive.”

The Iranian Foreign Minister had announced during his visit to Lebanon on the eighth of this month Iran’s readiness to send more shipments of fuel to Lebanon if it received requests for that from the Lebanese government or from the Lebanese “Hezbollah”.

In this context, Abdullahian called on Lebanon to obtain exemptions from the US administration for trade exchange with Iran, saying that he assured the Lebanese officials he met with Iran’s readiness to establish metro and electricity production stations in Lebanon, and to secure its needs of medicines, foodstuffs and medical preparations.

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