Iranian private sector ready to operate in Lebanon: official

A senior Iranian official said the country is seeking to remove existing obstacles to Iran’s private sector presence in Lebanon.

“No government had been in place in Lebanon for about 13 months. In addition, the issue of the coronavirus pandemic, US sanctions and banking relations issues as well as the Beirut port explosion last year have been among the obstacles to expanding relations between the two countries in the countries. economic and commercial areas ”, said Mirmasoud Hosseinian, the director. General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The senior diplomat added that efforts were being made to organize a joint Iran-Lebanon economic commission by the end of this year.

He said that the private sector can carry out activities in Lebanon in a variety of fields.

“At the moment, the main problem facing Lebanon is economic problems, and we can play an important role in this regard by exporting technical and engineering services,” the official said in an exclusive interview with the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA).

“Iran has not violated the laws of the Lebanese government in this regard. Much of the Lebanese economy is run by the private sector, and we have sold fuel to private sector businessmen in Lebanon, and Hezbollah has supported and managed this idea, ”he explained. .

He further added that Iran intends to continue sending fuel to Lebanon, as several more fuel shipments are planned for the Arab country.

It was then that Iran had already sent several shipments of fuel to Lebanon.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the official said Lebanese authorities welcomed talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

“Iran and Saudi Arabia are two major countries in the region, and if relations between the two countries improve, this will influence Iran’s relations with a large number of countries in the Persian Gulf region and from North Africa, ”he said.

He also referred to Iran-Egypt relations, and said the two countries have many problems.

“We hope these issues will be resolved soon,” he said.

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