File photo: The first vessel containing Iranian fuel bound for Lebanon reportedly entered Syrian waters last week. AP
The government of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has dismissed as groundless reports that it requested fuel shipments from Iran.
In statements to MENA Sunday, sources close to the government affirmed that the Lebanon did not ask for Iranian fuel.
The government was responding to statements attributed to the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry in which he said the Iranian shipment to Lebanon was bought by Lebanese traders, which were interpreted as an approval by the Lebanese government of the purchase operations.
Mikati had told CNN that the Iranian fuel shipments imported by the Hezbollah movement constitute a breach of Lebanon's sovereignty.
"The violation of Lebanon's sovereignty makes me sad," Mikati told CNN in an interview, his office said in a posting on Twitter