Iranian Envoy, Lebanese Politician Meet in Beirut
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali had a meeting with leader of Lebanon’s Marada movement, Suleiman Tony Frangieh, in Beirut.
The two officials discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and in the region at the meeting, Lebanese media reported.
The Marada movement is one of the political parties affiliated with the March 8 Alliance, which also includes Hezbollah.
Lebanon has been gripped with presidential deadlock for seven months.
Back in late September, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised the "peaceful coexistence" of different religions and ethnic groups in Lebanon, saying that involvement of these groups in the government, guarantees security and development in the country.
Rouhani underlined that if all Lebanese ethnic and religious groups are involved in running the country, Lebanon will enjoy sustainable security and development.
“Lebanon has always been a role model of peaceful coexistence of ethnic and religious groups,” Rouhani said during a Friday meeting with the Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“As in the past, Iran considers it as a duty to provide any necessary help to promote peace and unity in Lebanon,” he added.
“Iran attaches great importance to Lebanon’s unity, solidarity and strength, which would be achieved through joint efforts by all ethnic and religious groups (in the country),” Rouhani noted.
He also deplored the efforts by certain elements to fan the flames of ethnic and religious conflicts in certain regional countries, saying “violence and terrorism are the main problems in the Middle East region.”