BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Earlier this week, Lebanon played a major role in aiding the people of Syria who are greatly effected by the ongoing fuel crisis and harsh sanctions imposed by western nations.
Despite being threatened with sanctions if they were to aid Damascus in any way, the Lebanese government stepped up to help the people of Syria by providing much needed fuel as part of a deal with their Syrian counterparts.
This move by the Lebanese government to provide fuel to its neighbor comes at time when Syria is facing its worst fuel crisis in its history.
The two neighboring countries are also nearing a deal that would see Syria and Iran providing long-term electricity to Lebanon, despite the friction it has caused between the rival political blocs.
While factions affiliated with the March 14th bloc have repeatedly rejected cooperation with the Syrian government – most notably the Lebanese Forces Party and Future Movement – Lebanese political parties like Harakat Amal, The Free Patriotic Movement, and Hezbollah have taken on the burden of solving the country’s electricity problems with Syria and Iran.
Of course these deals will have consequences in the form of sanctions, especially if the Lebanese government chooses to work with Tehran.
The U.S. and its allies have attempted to curb Iran’s influence in Lebanon through promises of aid and threats of sanctions; however, the aid provided is often limited and forces the Levantine nation to seek assistance elsewhere.