Zarif in Lebanon, Offers Support for New Government & Resistance
By Staff, News Agencies
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered his country's military assistance to the US-backed Lebanese army on Sunday, saying Iran is ready to cooperate in all sectors should the Lebanese government want it.
Zarif spoke to reporters Sunday at Beirut's airport shortly after his arrival in the Lebanese capital for a two-day official visit.
"We are always ready (to support Lebanon militarily) and we have announced that on many occasions. This tendency does exist in Iran, but we are waiting for this desire to be there on the Lebanese side," he said.
Zarif was met at the airport by Lebanese lawmakers. In his comments, he congratulated Lebanese politicians and said Iran is ready to support the government in any way possible.
The Iranian Primer is scheduled to meet with the Lebanese president, prime minister and foreign minister on Monday.
He further extended that his country is standing next to Palestine and resistance movement in the fight against Zionist regime’s occupation and aggression.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with representatives of the Palestinian groups in Iran’s Embassy in Beirut on Sunday night, IRNA reported.
Iran's Foreign Minister recalled that supporting Palestine is among major policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Zarif also described the “Israeli” regime's aggressive policies against Palestine and other countries, which are carried out with full US backing, as a big threat to the region.
Representatives of the Palestinian groups also appreciated Iran’s stance in support of Palestine, reiterating that the Palestinian nation’s motivation for resistance has increased over the past year because of Donald Trump's so-called “deal of the century”.
Among the figures attending the meeting with Zarif were Ali Feisal, from Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine, Abdelaziz al-Minavi, a member of Islamic Jihad Political Office, Ehsan Ataya, representative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement in Lebanon, Talal Naji, and deputy secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
On 10 February, upon his arrival in Beirut international airport, Zarif stressed that the signs of democracy and resistance are very much visible in Lebanon.
Zarif's trip to Lebanon is his first official state visit to the country after formation of a new Lebanese government on 31 January 2019, headed by Saad al-Hariri.
After nine months of painstaking political negotiations, the new Lebanese government headed by Hariri was endorsed by all the various political groups.
Since Iran's foreign policy is aimed at boosting balanced ties with regional countries, Zarif's trip to Beirut is significant for the region.
Furthermore, Lebanon's Resistance movement has formed a formidable barrier against the “Israeli” regime. Thus Iran and Lebanon have common enemies.