Hezbollah chief praises Iran for supporting Lebanese resistance

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement has praised Iran’s support for the resistance front.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remark in a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in Lebanon, where the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the region, including the Lebanese resistance victories against Takfiri and extremist groups.

Velayati, for his part, praised the victories of the resistance front and underlined the need for unity among Muslim countries against such groups.

“The Takfiri groups and extremists, backed by certain regional countries and governments, are trying to portray a violent image of Islam and even planning to disintegrate certain Islamic countries,” he added.

The senior Iranian official also lauded the resistance front’s victories against Israel, saying the enemies will fail to have their “malicious” wishes realized in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam (R) meets with Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon, May 18, 2015. ©AP

Iran-Lebanon ties

Velayati, who is also the president of the Center for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council, further held talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut on Thursday.

Following the meeting, Velayati told reporters that Tehran and Beirut enjoy key, strategic and instrumental relations.

He hoped that Lebanon would be able to elect a president for the Arab country, which has been without a head of state for more than nine months now.

The Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great significance to efforts by the Lebanese government and nation to strike a balance and establish peace and stability in the region in the face of extremist and Takfiri groups, he said.

According to the Iranian official, the Lebanese premier also praised Iran’s constructive role in the region during their meeting at the government palace.

Lebanon has been without a president for more than nine months as Lebanese lawmakers have failed for 22 times to elect a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, who left office at the end of his mandate in May last year.

The power vacuum in Lebanon comes as the Arab country is also battling against Takfiri and terrorist groups.

Lebanon is suffering from the spillover of militancy in neighboring Syria where foreign-backed militants are fighting the government forces.

By Press TV