Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Tuesday that Tehran’s fuel offer to Beirut is still existing, stressing that the United States is preventing Lebanese Government from accepting the Iranian grant.
Addressing the Qassem Suleimani International Award ceremony which was held in Beirut, Sayyed Nasrallah called on US allies in Lebanon to obtain sanctions waiver from the US Embassy in Beirut.
“I’ve said it before: We (Hezbollah) are regarded as masters by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, but you? Go and utilize from your friendship and alliance with the US and obtain a sanctions waiver from the US Embassy in Beirut.”
Martyr Qassem Suleimani
Sayyed Nasrallah started the speech by pointing to the great status martyrs have earned throughout history.
“Nations have honored martyrs throughout history, especially in Islam,” Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the attendees of the Qassem Suleimani International Award ceremony via video link.
“Martyrs have secured all achievements of Axis of Resistance in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Yemen,” his eminence said.
Affirming that the martyred commanders had a special status among martyrs, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed to General Qassem Suleimani as “the transnational martyr who knew no boundaries between the countries of the Axis of Resistance.”
“Martyr Suleimani scares enemies more than General Suleimani has did as the martyrdom of this great leader has been inspiring for the people of the region.”
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah underlined importance of commemorating martyrdom anniversary and remembering of martyr Suleimani along with all other martyrs.
Lebanon Power Vacuum, Electricity Crisis
Tackling the Lebanese local affairs, Sayyed Nasrallah warned against sectarian incitement regarding the presidential vacuum in the country.
“We understand pressure by some religious figures in a bid to elect new president but we have to avoid sectarian incitement.”
His eminence then stressed that “no political bloc in Lebanon is deliberately extending the vacuum in the first Maronite post in the Lebanese State,” referring to the presidential post which is run by a Maronite figure.
On the electricity crisis, the Hezbollah S.G. said all fields in Lebanon have been badly affected by power outage in the country.
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah was requested to talk with Iranian officials in a bid to offer fuel to Lebanon, saying that Tehran, led by Imam Khamenei, approved the offer to Lebanon months ago and that the issue is waiting for the official approval by Beirut.
“Iran’s fuel offer is still existing, but the US has been preventing Lebanon from accepting it.”
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah called on the US allies in Lebanon to utilize from their friendship with Washington and obtain sanctions waiver like the one obtained by Iraq.
“Go and utilize from your alliance with the US. As I said before: We are masters in the eyes of the Supreme Leader. We obtained the Iranian approval, what about you?”
Elsewhere in his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Thursday’s ministerial session is a must in a bid to meet urgent demands of the Lebanese people, especially the electricity issue.
“Hezbollah’s decision to attend Thursday’s governmental session is not defying any political side in Lebanon.”
His eminence affirmed, meanwhile, that Hezbollah “is keen to respect Lebanese constitution and partnership with all political powers.”
Source: Al-Manar English Website