Collapse of Takfiri terrorists at hand: Senior Iranian MP

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker hailed the Syrian army’s recent victories against terrorists across the Arab country, saying defeat of Takfiri groups and their backers is imminent.

The latest “triumphs (of the Syrian army against terrorists) indicate the collapse of terror groups, and Western and regional powers that adopted the choice of terror and supported it from the beginning,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who is currently in Beirut, said on Monday following a meeting with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, The Daily Star reported on Tuesday.

“Our victories indicate our right choice of holding onto resistance … which is achieving continuous victories against the terror project,” he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian official said Tehran is prepared to offer the Lebanese army the military aid needed to defend the country.

“We in Iran, through our desire to bolster all that strengthens Lebanese sovereignty, are always willing to support the Lebanese army with arms and equipment that will enable it to defend Lebanon’s security and stability,” Boroujerdi said.

Back in January, Saudi Arabia said it had suspended USD 3 billion in military aid to the Lebanese army and another USD 1 billion to the country’s internal security forces.

Boroujerdi also touched on Lebanon’s ongoing presidential crisis, stressing that Iran does not interfere in other countries’ internal issues and that the election of a president is a Lebanese matter.

“The fixed and continuous policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on the principle of no-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, including Lebanon,” he said.

“On the other hand, given the friendly relationship that connects us to Lebanon, if there were political efforts that could help resolve this political vacuum and if this effort was asked of us, we would not hesitate to do it.”

Lebanon has been without a head of state since the tenure of Michel Sleiman ended in May 2014, making this the longest period without a president the country has experienced.

After talks with MPs from Hezbollah’s political wing Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, Boroujerdi affirmed that “Iran gives special and unique attention to security and calm in Lebanon.”

He praised the “historic and unique role of the resistance under the leadership of (Hezbollah’s) Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, which provided security and stability not only in Lebanon … but also the region.”

The senior Iranian lawmaker also hailed Lebanese Speaker Nabih Berri’s national dialogue initiative, saying “it leads to fortifying the national unity and locating a solution to the political crises.”

Lebanese leaders are scheduled to meet in three sessions on August 2-4, in an attempt to reach a deal over key issues, including the election of a president, new election law, and the shape of a new government.

Mohammad Raad, who chairs Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc in the Lebanese Parliament, praised Iran’s interest in Lebanon as well as its interest in supporting its stability. He added that discussions highlighted matters of common regional interest.

Boroujerdi arrived in Beirut on Monday to hold talks with senior Lebanese officials.

During his two-day visit, Boroujerdi is also expected to meet with Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, and Palestinian factions in Lebanon.

He last visited Lebanon in January 2015.

By Tasnim News Agency