REFILE-Lebanese Hezbollah says logistics ready for Iranian fuel imports
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BEIRUT, June 25 (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday reiterated his pledges to import Iranian fuel if shortages persist in the country.
Nasrallah, who heads the Iranian-backed Lebanese armed group, said earlier in June that Iran could supply fuel to Lebanon in local pounds, avoiding a foreign currency tightening.
For weeks, worsening fuel shortages due to the deepening financial crisis in Lebanon forced motorists to queue for hours for very little gasoline.
“I want to stress that I have promised and I still promise (…) if we have to go to Iran to buy gasoline and fuel oil, we will do so even if it is a problem,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
Earlier on Friday, Acting Prime Minister Hassan Diab approved a decision to import fuel at a lower exchange rate between the Lebanese pound and the dollar, thus lowering the subsidy on gasoline.
“Everything is ready … all we need is permission to move,” Nasrallah said, adding that this would not be done through the central bank in order to avoid sanctions. . (Report by Maha El Dahan and Laila Bassam Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)