International oil companies operating at Beirut’s airport have been warned against fueling airlines that are affected by the recent U.S. sanctions against Iran.
Asked if Iranian airlines would be prohibited from stopping at the airport, caretaker Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos, told The Daily Star Lebanon, “To stop? No. To refuel? By sanctions, yes.”
A senior airport official said international oil companies were notified after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran Monday to force Tehran to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear agreement and to end what it called the sponsoring and financing of terrorist activity.
These measures mean that bodies dealing with the sanctioned Iranian entities would be penalized.
The airport official said, “some” of the oil providers were informed by internal company decisions, but Fenianos confirmed that none of the providers would be allowed to refuel the sanctioned carriers. The decision has been made “for sure by their companies,” not by the Lebanese government, Fenianos added.
Local media reports identified the oil companies that were notified as Liquigaz, Coral Oil, Total and W-H-Elfmed. The Daily Star could not independently confirm which companies were affected.
According to the airport official, this step is “very small [compared] to what may come.” The source described the coming sanctions as possibly having an effect on “more than just oil” refueling at the airport.