Wednesday 17 January 2018

Robert Fisk: A land of oil deals, spies and political murder

Robert Fisk

WHILE the West reacted with predictable horror to the Lebanese visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran -- US President Barack Obama called it "provocative" while Israel claimed that its northern neighbour was now "a hub of regional terror" -- it largely failed to notice that the Iranians were busy signing a set of massive energy, oil exploration and economic agreements with Lebanon.

They included a €343m Iranian letter of credit for the Lebanese to begin financing new projects -- possibly including two new power stations and a direct electricity link between the two countries via Turkey.

On the surface, it's easy to see all this as another attempt by Iran to dominate Lebanon through oil and electricity -- and the Lebanese government's acceptance of the agreements as a sign of submission.

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