Envoy: Iran’s military gift aimed at strengthening Lebanon’s deterrence

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fathali underlined that Iran’s military gift to Lebanon is aimed at reinvigorating the country’s military and deterrence power.

“Iran seeks to strengthen the deterrence power and resistance of Lebanon by presenting the country with the military gift,” Fathali said in a meeting with a senior Shiite cleric and Friday prayers leader of Saida city Sheikh Afif Nabulsi on Monday.

“Iran has decided to provide Lebanon with all its power and possibilities and has discussed the issue with the Lebanese officials on many occassions,” he added.

Nablusi, for his part, appreciated Iran’s assistance and military gift, and said the Lebanese army needs military assistance for conducting its missions to defend the country.

On September 30, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that Iran would soon supply the Lebanese army with necessary military equipment to help the country the security threats it is grappling with.

“Iran plans to gift a military tool or weapon to the Lebanese army in the near future,” Shamkhani said at the time.

“The gift will be sent in the near future and it will be delivered to the Lebanese defense minister during his upcoming visit to Iran.”

A few days later, senior officials in Beirut said Iran had presented a list of military tools and weapons to be gifted to the Lebanese army to help the country in its fight against terrorism.

Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel traveled to Tehran in October to confer with his Iranian counterpart and other high-ranking officials on the expansion of security and military cooperation and the military gift proposed by Iran.

By Fars News Agency


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