Lebanon free to accept support from any country

12 Février, 2019, 17:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left greets by Lebanese Hezbollah lawmaker Ali Ammar upon his arrival at Rafik Hariri Airport in Beirut Lebanon Sunday Feb. 10 2019. Zarif said his country is ready to cooperate with the new Leban

The minister also said that he "reminded" the Iranian visitor of the case of Lebanese citizen and USA green card holder Nizar Zakka, who has been detained in Tehran since 2015 on espionage charges and was sentenced in 2016 to 10 years in prison.

A political solution to the Syrian crisis should necessarily include the withdrawal of all armed forces that are in Syria illegally, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.

The two-day visit comes days after the leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group urged Lebanon's government to accept anti-aircraft weapons from Iran, as well as electricity and medicine. Iran enjoys wide influence in the country through the Hezbollah militant group, which along with allied parties holds a majority in parliament.

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Some Lebanese politicians have expressed reservations over the offer from Iran, which is under US sanctions.

Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad-Jalal Firouznia voiced ahead Zarif's visit Tehran's readiness to "support the Lebanese army as we support the resistance". "We should appreciate Iran's offer to help Lebanon without imposing any conditions", Komati was quoted as saying by Elnashra, an independent online newspaper. Nasrallah asked during a speech marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution this week. Hezbollah has three ministers in the new government. "We will always support the people and extend a helping hand in all frameworks possible, and we are ready to respond to the Lebanese government's request to cooperate with it in any vital area it deems appropriate", said Zarif according to Lebanese National News Agency (NNA).

Lebanon will not take part in a conference that Poland is holding this week on the situation in the Middle East and Iran, citing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled attendance at the summit.

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