TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani praised the struggles and victories of the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement against Israel.
“No doubt, your tireless and dedicated efforts and those of Hezbollah warriors on the scene of resistance promise the decisive victory of the resistant Lebanese and Palestinian nations over the Zionist regime, which has always been supported by the Islamic Republic,” Rouhani said, responding to a felicitation message of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on his victory in Iran’s June 14 presidential election.
Rouhani won Iran’s presidential election last month. From a total number of 36,704,156 ballots cast in the election, Rouhani won 18,613,329 votes.
The Interior Ministry’s election headquarters said turnout among the electorate was 72.7 percent.
Rouhani’s message came as Hezbollah and Lebanon are celebrating the 7th anniversary of their victory over Israel in the 33-day war in Summer 2006, and also a few days after the EU listed the military wing of the Lebanese resistance movement as a terrorist organization.
The EU move has received wide condemnation in the Middle-East.
Yesterday, Tehran deplored the Union’s decision and reiterated its strong and everlasting support for anti-Zionist resistance movements in the region, particularly Hezbollah, which it said plays a pivotal role in the anti-Israeli axis.
Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Tuesday that Hezbollah has a brilliant and honorable historical background in anti-Israeli resistance for the Muslim world.
Boroujerdi highlighted Hezbollah’s triumph over Israel in 2000 when the Zionist regime’s troops withdrew from Southern Lebanon.
“Israel, receiving all-out support from the US, waged a new war on Hezbollah in 2006 with the intention to defeat the Lebanese resistance movement and compensate for its 2000 failure. Israelis, however, could not defeat Hezbollah despite their brutal attacks and the 33-day war marked another honor for the Lebanese resistance movement,” he stated.
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