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Iran ready to help new Lebanon government upon request: FM Zarif

Press TV – February 10, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is ready to cooperate with the new Lebanese government in all sectors.

“If the Lebanese government demands, Iran is ready to cooperate with this country in all fields,” Zarif told reporters in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday, shortly after his arrival for a two-day official visit.

Zarif congratulated the Lebanese on the formation of a new national unity government and said he was there to express Iran’s solidarity with Lebanon.

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that Lebanon is the symbol of resistance in the Middle East.

Zarif is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Monday.

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Beirut came a few weeks after Lebanon’s presidency announced the formation of the new national unity government, putting an end to a nine-month stalemate on the political stage, which fueled the Arab country’s economic woes.

The new government, headed by Hariri, includes 30 ministers from most Lebanese political factions, which have been in talks after the country in May 2018 held its first parliamentary elections in nine years.

Earlier this week, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah strongly dismissed latest allegations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the movement is in control of the Lebanese government, stressing the new administration belongs to all political factions participating in it.

The Israeli premier is “provoking the United States, European countries and the [Persian] Gulf states against the Lebanese government, claiming that it is controlled by Hezbollah. Such false claims have serious international repercussions,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from Beirut.

February 10, 2019 - Posted by | Solidarity and Activism | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Mr. N. is trying to whip his team of attack dogs into action because he is afraid of Hezbollah, that’s all. It’s a good sign really. The liberation of Palestine may not be far off.

    Comment by traducteur | February 10, 2019 | Reply

  2. Lebanon and Iran are the only two countries left on the Pentagon’s list of “7 countries in 5 years”. Why wouldn’t they form an alliance? They have only one choice and will fight to the death, when Israel orders the USA to attack them.
    I guess that The USA will have to ‘manufacture a reason’ to attack Lebanon this time, because their Mercenary army of “Rebels” didn’t work in Syria, and were smashed by the Russian Air Force, and Iran and Syrian armies.
    I’m sure the Pentagon is working furiously now, trying to come up with ‘plan B’

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 10, 2019 | Reply


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