BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The first Iranian fuel tanker, the Fortune, arrived in Venezuelan waters on Saturday after making a long journey from the Persian Gulf.

Upon reaching the Caribbean, the Venezuelan Navy sent its PO-13 Yekuana ship to escort the Iranian tanker to safety.

The Venezuelan PO-13 Yekuana would escort the Iranian tanker through the remaining part of the Atlantic until it reached its intended destination in the Bolivarian Republic.

Video footage of the Venezuelan Navy welcoming the Iranian vessel was released on social media this morning; it would show the FANB speaking to the tanker’s crew upon escorting the vessel through the Bolivarian Republic’s waters.

The Fortune is the first Venezuelan tanker to arrive in Venezuela. Another four tankers will be arriving in Venezuela over the next ten days, as most of the vessels have already crossed the halfway point in the Atlantic.

Despite the deployment of four warships to the Caribbean around the same time that the Iranian tankers made their way to Venezuela, the U.S. Navy was nowhere to be seen and did not make any attempt to intercept these vessels.

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Both the Iranian and Venezuelan authorities warned the U.S. against potentially intercepting these fuel tankers, threatening to use force if they are seized by the American Navy.

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