An additional 1.4 million barrels of Iranian crude are expected to arrive at the Syrian port of Baniyas within 24 hours, naval tracking company Tanker Trackers said Thursday. Anadolu Agency reports.
“In about 24 hours, the first two of the three tankers will arrive in Baniyas, Syria, carrying approximately 1.4 million barrels of Iranian crude,” Tanker Trackers said in a statement.
According to the naval company, there are still about 300,000 barrels in the Suez.
“Tankers were instructed to first wait for payment confirmation before completing delivery,” notes Tanker Trackers.
The shipment comes after Iran has sent about 5 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in the past few months in response to the growing fuel crisis since mid-March.
Iran renewed support for Assad, shipping more than 3 million barrels of oil in May on four tankers – Arman 114, Sam 121, Daran and Romina, as well as another 1.5 million barrels of crude oil.
Experts see Iran’s continued oil supplies to Syria as a way to strengthen its regional position and as part of Iran’s commitment to keeping Assad in power.
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