General Secretary of Hezbollah, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, has welcomed the formation of a new government in Lebanon, and thanked all parties who supported the formation of the government in this country.
“The priorities of the current government in Lebanon should be to save the country from collapse, to carry out reforms and to improve the livelihood of the Lebanese people,” he said in a speech on Monday.
The Sayyid added that “We demand that a ministerial statement should be issued as soon as possible in order to gain a vote of confidence and get the country out of the current crisis.”
Regarding the arrival of the fuel vessels, Nasrallah pointed to the destination of the first ship carrying oil products to Lebanon, and stated, “We had two options: Lebanon or Syria.”
“In order for the Lebanese government not to get into trouble and not to be subject to sanctions [due to breaking US sanctions against Iran], we decided that the destination of the ship would be Syria, and that then the cargo would enter Lebanon.”
Syria has facilitated the movement of oil cargo towards the borders in Baniyas Port and provided security of the ship. The Syrian Arab Republic does not adhere to US-imposed sanctions again trade with Iran, and is already under sanctions of its own by western powers anyway.
The first ship carrying petroleum products arrived in the port of Baniyas on Sunday night, and its unloading is set to be completed today.
In this regard, Sayyid Nasrallah clarified that Hezbollah does not aim at engaging in an economic competition with Lebanese companies concerned with importing oil. He stressed that the movements simply wants to relieve the socioeconomic agonies of the citizens and residents in Lebanon.
Commenting on the September 13 anniversary of the Oslo Accords of 1993, Sayyid Nasrallah indicated that the Resistance Party and Dahiyeh locals “reacted patiently and wisely on the Lebanese military attack on the protesters who opposed Oslo Agreement,” adding that “the outcome of that patience appeared in the joint fight and martyrdom of Hezbollah fighters and Army soldiers against the Israeli occupation forces in 1997.”
Regarding the Gilboa prison escape, the Hezbollah General Secretary hailed the escape operation of the six Palestinian prisoners who broke out of Gilboa jail despite all the Israeli security measures, considering that “it reflects the bravery and innovation of those who carried it out.”
Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah stressed that the escape operation “delighted all the honourable people” and that the recapture of four of these prisoners “does not mitigate its repercussions,” calling in everyone to protect the two remaining prisoners who are still free.
Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah concluded by speaking on the anniversary of the 2005 retreat of the Zionist colonists and military from Gaza, saying that “the Liberation of the Gaza Strip was a major victory the resistance scored, and it emphasised the benefit of the choice for resistance. The Liberation of the Gaza Strip led to turning it into a main base for resistance and a source of hope for all the people of Palestine.”