June 24, 2021

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Hezbollah Can Negotiate With Iran for Fuel Shipments, Nasrallah Says

Hezbollah is prepared to negotiate the shipment of fuel from Iran to be paid for in Lebanese pounds if the current fuel shortages plaguing Beirut continue and the Lebanese government fails to address the crisis, Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has said.

In an address to Al-Manar TV, a pro-Hezbollah television station, on Tuesday, Nasrallah called on authorities to make a “bold decision,” and “not to comply” with US directives regarding oil and fuel, and to “bring [fuel supplies] from Iran using Lebanese pounds.”

“We, Hezbollah, can go to Iran and negotiate with the Iranian government and buy shipments of fuel,” he added.

Nasrallah went on to comment on the ongoing political crisis in neighbouring Israel, warning that the crisis may push Israeli officials to “commit a folly” against Palestinians or “the entire Muslim World” in Jerusalem.

The politician also thanked supporters for their concerns about his health following his speech last month, during which he reportedly showed signs of pneumonia, saying that he has recovered and reiterating his hope to live to pray in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque some day.

Nasrallah’s comments come one day after Hassan Baghdadi, a member of Hezbollah’s central council, told Israel not to make threats against Lebanon, and warned that if Tel Aviv started a new war with the militant group, they would “see the fire of hell as they have never imagined even in their dreams.” The comments followed remarks by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz late last month that all of Lebanon would “tremble” if Hezbollah dared attack Israel.

Lebanon and Israel have no diplomatic relations, and the Jewish State’s relationship with Hezbollah is the worst among all among the political forces of its northern neighbour. Israel and Hezbollah have regularly engaged in skirmishes along the border, and fought one another into a standstill in a major war in 2006.

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Original News : https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202106081083101631-hezbollah-can-negotiate-with-iran-for-fuel-shipments-nasrallah-says/

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