Information received from a senior diplomat stationed in Brussels:
“Iranian regime takes over and exploits Syrian maritime main ports to create a commercial transit corridor to the Mediterranean Sea, and simultaneously operates a land route (corridor) for the same purpose – to sell its oil globally in order to receive payments despite U.S. sanctions”
Recently, Iran is operating to gain full control of two strategic ports in Syria designated to fulfill its needs to deploy its oil by land and maritime shipments to avoid U.S. sanctions, aimed at their oil and gas industry and their ability to trade with international clients.
The senior diplomat stated two main ports which are currently active for the Iranians to serve their purposes:
1. Latakia port (Syria)
IRGC is using its proxy Hizballah (terror group) to establish maritime and financial companies. These companies are operating all aspects of the port (including financial front to receive cash payments from abroad), all of which to serve the Iranian commercial and military needs in the region.
There is also concrete information indicating “Mapna” – Iranian semi-governmental engineering giant – is fully involved in developing infrastructure in the port and other regions of Syria and Iraq according to the regime requirements and needs.
2. Banias port (Syria)
Banias port is receiving oil via land shipments being made by oil trucks arriving from Iran. Iranian elements are preparing to achieve full control of Banias port as soon as possible.
3.Additional financial data
The CBI (Central Bank of Iran) has been using Euro and Dinar accounts in Iraq and Syria in order to support their activity via the ports mentioned above.
In addition, some local businessmen take part as investors using their personal assets as collateral for Iranian commercial purposes via their companies which are active in Iraq and Syria for a 15% to 25% return based on their efforts and investments.
As demonstrated above we can see Iranian regime goals are to develop massive infrastructure and financial abilities to support their activity and efforts to create a commercial transit corridor (land and Maritime) to the Mediterranean Sea. Which is meant to bypass U.S. sanctions, all of which are being supported by Iraqi official elements and entities.