Hezbollah accuses US of blocking Iran donations to Lebanon

Hezbollah officials MP Mohammad Raad and Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem have accused the US of dispatching US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Beirut to prevent Lebanon from signing agreements with Iran.

The visit to Beirut last week of Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi coincided with Feltman’s official visit.

Raad is claiming that the US prevented Lebanon from receiving Iranian donations.

“There is a group in Lebanon refusing to accept donations from Iran related to energy projects … because US sends officials like Feltman to thwart any attempt to accept Iranian assistance ,” National News Agency quoted him as saying.

He added that international resolutions banning countries from carrying out transactions with Tehran were solely enforced by the US.

“For twenty years we have been hearing the Americans saying they want to [provide the Lebanese army with military hardware] but we have not yet seen anything,” Raad said.

He added that the US was refraining from assisting Lebanon’s military institution “because the army [wants] to stand by the [Resistance] against the Zionist enemy and not because the US is worried that its weapons might [fall into the hands] of the Resistance.”

Hezbollah is Lebanon’s only armed party and it is mainly backed by Tehran and Damascus.

Similarly Hezbollah’s no 2 commented on Feltman’s visit by saying that Rahimi’s visit to Lebanon was aimed at signing a number of agreements with Lebanese government on mutual cooperation in such different fields as electricity, water and education, which all serve the interests of the Lebanese nation.

“But, since the US does not want (Lebanon to gain) these achievements, it dispatched Jeffery Feltman to Lebanon prior to Rahimi’s visit and asked him to remain in the country until the end of Rahimi’s visit in an effort to provoke opposition to Rahimi’s visit and hinder attainment of the visit’s objectives,” he added.

“Everybody knows how (desperately) Feltman was seeking to provoke others to reject Iran’s aids…” Qassem stressed.

background

Since 2006, the U.S. has provided more than $720 million in support to the Lebanese military, including equipment and advanced training. Between March and October 2010 alone, this support included at least $18 million worth of military equipment and ammunition, including antitank missiles and launchers. Other shipments were in the pipeline but as soon as Hezbollah toppled the government of former PM Saad Hariri in January 2011 the US quietly halted all arms deliveries to Lebanon.

Most of Iranian donations are sent directly to Hezbollah. Even Lebanese banks are not involved in handling Iranian funds that go to Hezbollah, according to a Lebanese observer.

The observer who is familiar with the agreements between Iran and Lebanon said that they did not include any donations.. “There was nothing free “, he said

Another observer who is an expert in the energy field and who is very familiar with the Iranian oil and gas industry said Iran is trying in these agreements to offer its expertise in the oil and gas industry , but Iran he said has no expertise and the technology they are trying to offer is western and primarily American . He added any equipment that will be needed will all have to be imported from the western nations, because Iran does not manufacture any such equipment. He said Iran’s expertise may be in operations but we have nothing yet to operate in Lebanon in the gas and oil area .

The observer noted that Iran through these agreement is trying to use Lebanon to acquire up-to-date technology because they cannot get it on their own due to the western sanctions. He said Lebanon is in a much better situation to acquire the technology and the equipment directly from the west at much more competitive prices and financial terms.

  • Rafic

    Most Iranians I know in USA will suck your blood dry before they make a donation, if you have done business with them then I know what you are talking about they are one of the lowest of the low do not tangle with them on the other hand they are good to socialize with but nothing else.

    • master09

      I know some of the women are soo good to socialize with, I like to get tangled with them, they suck but not your blood…

  • Rafic

    Most Iranians I know in USA will suck your blood dry before they make a donation, if you have done business with them then I know what you are talking about they are one of the lowest of the low do not tangle with them on the other hand they are good to socialize with but nothing else.

    • master09

      I know some of the women are soo good to socialize with, I like to get tangled with them, they suck but not your blood…

  • 5thDrawer

    Who the hell was blocking UN (largely US) AID to Refugees in LEBANON !!!!

    We get sick of looking at the fat pig sneering with hate in that top pic … try to find something else to put there … maybe a cactus.
    Good thing the ‘background’ was provided … some might actually believe Raad. His problem is that he would like to have the weapons the US sent.

    • Hannibal

      Cactus… Look at his beard… how graphically accurate 5th… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • yazidi

      excuse me you’ve insulted the pigs….try somthing more polite like fat shit..

  • 5thDrawer

    Who the hell was blocking UN (largely US) AID to Refugees in LEBANON !!!!

    • Cactus… Look at his beard… how graphically accurate 5th… HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • yazidi

      excuse me you’ve insulted the pigs….try somthing more polite like fat shit..

  • MeYosemite

    Funding Hezbollah, you mean. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. why would anybody allow funding it? Secondly wasn’t aoun asking yesterday why feltman is in town if hezbollah knows already the answer? Lebanon doesn’t need weapons, they don’t know how to use it properly after failing for any years the first rule of don’t point it to your fellow citizens.

  • MeYosemite

    Funding Hezbollah, you mean. Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. why would anybody allow funding it? Secondly wasn’t aoun asking yesterday why feltman is in town if hezbollah knows already the answer? Lebanon doesn’t need weapons, they don’t know how to use it properly after failing for any years the first rule of don’t point it to your fellow citizens.

  • Hannibal

    mutual cooperation in such different fields as electricity, water and education? Really? What education? Koranic? Or how to dress our women? Keep your education to yourselves…

    • master09

      But the women are free to dress and learn what they want,even if 80% of women can’t read. The freedom of the people in 200 years maybe….nah the way their going 2000 years..
      I remember when HA forced , FORCED at gun point the Leb government to rebuild the south because Iran failed to hand money over, OR was Iran giving them money but was used for prostitution, booz and drugs by these farts , while the rest of Lebanon suffers….NO YOU DICK funding to HA, not Lebanon.

  • mutual cooperation in such different fields as electricity, water and education? Really? What education? Koranic? Or how to dress our women? Keep your education to yourselves…

    • master09

      But the women are free to dress and learn what they want,even if 80% of women can’t read. The freedom of the people in 200 years maybe….nah the way their going 2000 years.. 

  • “Hezbollah officials MP Mohammad Raad and Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem have accused the US of dispatching US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Beirut to prevent Lebanon from signing agreements with Iran.” When and why not in the hell HEZBOLLAH move to Iran, this way they don’t have to travel too far to kiss their asses. And why should Lebanon accept and more form Iran, so it is to give Iran and thei bandits a full control of Lebanon… Don’t rhey have enough!!! Lebanon does not need Iran, does not need the teraching of iran, does not need or want the control or help of Iran but rather the help to get Iran and Hezbollah out of Lebanon… UH!!!! Ome more thing… They can also take the moron, and idiot Auon with them…  
    What Lebanon needs

    • Rafic

      One of the things I noticed about the Shiaa in Lebanon when I was visiting in 1978 was the women start covering cause when I left lebanon in 1968 to get educated in the West i would hardly see any body covered in Beirut, when I inquired people said Iran is giving $100-200 a month to women to cover, I guess that was the beginning of  Iranian contribution for Lebanese Shiaat”s, most probably lots of you on this site were not born then but if you check pictures of you grandma you know what I am talking about.

  • “Hezbollah officials MP Mohammad Raad and Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah Sheikh Naim Qassem have accused the US of dispatching US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman to Beirut to prevent Lebanon from signing agreements with Iran.” When and why not in the hell HEZBOLLAH move to Iran, this way they don’t have to travel too far to kiss their asses. And why should Lebanon accept and more form Iran, so it is to give Iran and thei bandits a full control of Lebanon… Don’t rhey have enough!!! Lebanon does not need Iran, does not need the teraching of iran, does not need or want the control or help of Iran but rather the help to get Iran and Hezbollah out of Lebanon… UH!!!! Ome more thing… They can also take the moron, and idiot Auon with them…  
    What Lebanon needs

    • Rafic

      One of the things I noticed about the Shiaa in Lebanon when I was visiting in 1978 was the women start covering cause when I left lebanon in 1968 to get educated in the West i would hardly see any body covered in Beirut, when I inquired people said Iran is giving $100-200 a month to women to cover, I guess that was the beginning of  Iranian contribution for Lebanese Shiaat”s, most probably lots of you on this site were not born then but if you check pictures of you grandma you know what I am talking about.

  • 5thDrawer

    Speaking of Dinosaurs ….. and about overpopulation by same types …. this:
    ‘Dinosaur flatulence may have led to global warming.’ (Cows are the modern equivalents + man)
    CBC News 
    Dinosaurs may have warmed the prehistoric Earth’s climate thanks to enormous amounts of methane-producing flatulence, researchers say.

    Sauropods – the long-necked, long-tailed dinosaurs that included some of the largest ever land animals – could have produced enough methane to have “an important effect” on climate change, according to a report to be published in Tuesday’s edition of Current Biology.

    “Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources – both natural and man-made – put together,” Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said in a statement.
    Sauropods were plant-eaters. As happens in cows, microbes in the dinosaurs’ digestive tract that aided digestion also produced methane, which is a greenhouse gas.
    Co-authors Wilkinson and Graeme Ruxton from the University of St Andrews in Scotland made the calculations along with Euan Nisbet, a methane expert at the University of London.
    Wilkinson said the group made an educated guess based on the large size of the animals (20,000 kilograms for a medium-sized sauropod) and their population density.
    Their calculations suggest sauropod flatulence about 150 million years ago, when the world was warm and wet, is comparable to the amount of methane produced today by both animals and society – and more than double what was produced before the dawn of modern industry.

  • 5thDrawer

    Speaking of Dinosaurs ….. and about overpopulation by same types …. this:
    ‘Dinosaur flatulence may have led to global warming.’ (Cows are the modern equivalents + man)
    CBC News 
    Dinosaurs may have warmed the prehistoric Earth’s climate thanks to enormous amounts of methane-producing flatulence, researchers say.

    Sauropods – the long-necked, long-tailed dinosaurs that included some of the largest ever land animals – could have produced enough methane to have “an important effect” on climate change, according to a report to be published in Tuesday’s edition of Current Biology.

    “Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources – both natural and man-made – put together,” Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said in a statement.
    Sauropods were plant-eaters. As happens in cows, microbes in the dinosaurs’ digestive tract that aided digestion also produced methane, which is a greenhouse gas.
    Co-authors Wilkinson and Graeme Ruxton from the University of St Andrews in Scotland made the calculations along with Euan Nisbet, a methane expert at the University of London.
    Wilkinson said the group made an educated guess based on the large size of the animals (20,000 kilograms for a medium-sized sauropod) and their population density.
    Their calculations suggest sauropod flatulence about 150 million years ago, when the world was warm and wet, is comparable to the amount of methane produced today by both animals and society – and more than double what was produced before the dawn of modern industry.