Lebanese Prime Minister-elect Najib Mikati said in an interview with Saudi TV that he was opposed to a shipment of oil from Iran which would result in Western sanctions on his nation, but appealed to the Arab League to provide help – and a solution.
“We will not allow anyone to lead us to any new sanctions,” he said. “But I tell the critics and the Arab League ‘give us a candle, we can’t say no to the shipment without having an alternative.’”
Mikati, the third person chosen to form a government in Lebanon in the last year, warned that “the situation in Lebanon is still very dangerous.”
Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah announced that a new shipment of fuel was on its way from Iran to the beleaguered country. Nasrallah said the fuel shipments were going to help ease ongoing shortages.
Lebanon has been plagued with fuel shortages and power outages that have affected daily life and have caused businesses to close and threatened hospitals with closures as well.
“Continue to give Lebanon a chance for Iran’s oil and diesel … continue to save Lebanon from Caesar,” Nasrallah said.
Since the resignation of the government after the Beirut Port explosion rocked the capital last year, Mikati is the third candidate for prime minister tasked to form a government with President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally. The Lebanese National Accord Document, the Taif Agreement, calls for a power-sharing government based on the diverse religious and ethnic composition of the country.
Mikati said he still faces obstacles and that if he fails to form a government, Lebanon risks falling into Iranian hands. Without Arab aid, Lebanon risks becoming dependent on Iran.
Meanwhile, another blast took place in Beirut this afternoon when a factory exploded, leaving five dead. A security source in Lebanon said the explosion resulted from a welding problem, which led on of the water tanks to faile.