Iran praises Lebanon’s role in countering Israeli occupation

IFP – Iran’s deputy foreign minister and Lebanon’s parliament speaker conferred on issues of mutual interest in a Monday meeting in Beirut.

During the meeting, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari and Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri discussed regional issues, mutual cooperation and the developments in Lebanon.

Jaberi Ansari conveyed Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s greetings to his Lebanese counterpart, and thanked Berri for attending the swearing-ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The top Iranian official also thanked Lebanon for its major role in fighting terrorism and countering the Israeli occupation.

Jaberi Ansari also referred to Imam Musa Sadr’s prominent role in establishing a resistance front against the Zionist regime of Israel’s occupation and realizing peaceful coexistence among Lebanese religious and ethnic groups.

He also presented a report on the regional issues and the latest developments pertaining to the Astana Process aimed at restoring stability to Syria and settling the crisis in the Arab country.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said two priorities of the Iranian Foreign Ministry during President Rouhani’s second term in office are to boost regional cooperation and give fresh impetus to economic diplomacy. He said Iran pays due regard to Lebanon in that respect.

The Lebanese parliament speaker, in turn, conveyed his warmest greetings to Larijani, and highlighted Iran-Lebanon age-old relations as well as Imam Musa Sadr’s key role in consolidating bonds between the two nations.

Berri also underscored the need to enhance mutual cooperation. He then touched upon plots to disintegrate the regional countries and put emphasis on the importance of regional cooperation to ward off that threat.