Iran to Continue Supporting Lebanon’s Nation, Army, Resistance: FM

Iran to Continue Supporting Lebanon’s Nation, Army, Resistance: FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian highlighted the country’s "friendly and profound" relations with Lebanon, saying that the Islamic Republic will continue to strongly support the Lebanese people, army, and resistance movement.

Upon his arrival in Beirut on Thursday, Amirabdollahian told IRIB news that the Islamic Republic of Iran will powerfully stand by its allies in the region and we will continue our support for the Lebanese independence, security and sovereignty.

Pointing to a social media campaign launched ahead of his visit in appreciation of Iran’s assistance to Lebanon in breaking the United States’ economic siege, Amirabdollahian said Tehran has even “better new offers” if the Lebanese officials make a request, Press TV reported.

He said the Islamic Republic also stood ready to “continue on the previous path,” referring to recent energy sales to Lebanon, as long as Beirut kept up the demand, and also lend a helping hand to the Arab nation in other fields.

“This trip is indicative of deep and friendly ties between the two countries, and we support Lebanon’s army, people, and resistance with a strong voice,” he added.

The US re-imposed its sanctions on Iran in 2018 after illegally leaving a historic nuclear accord between the Islamic Republic and world countries.

It has been enforcing similar measures against Lebanon for more than a year to pressure the country over the influence wielded in its political and military sectors by Hezbollah. In the 2000s, the movement fought off two major wars on Lebanon that had been waged by the Israeli regime, Washington’s most treasured ally in the region.

The sanctions have taken a huge toll on the Lebanese economy, leading to an acute shortage of staples, including gasoline and diesel.

As the energy crisis escalated, Hezbollah intervened and began importing Iranian fuel to prevent Washington from further interfering with the Lebanese people’s livelihoods.

Lebanon’s media outlets last month reported entrance into the United States-sanctioned country of a fifth shipment carrying Iranian fuel.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s al-Manar television network quoted Amirabdollahian as saying that Iran would spare no efforts to help Lebanon if requested.

He said Iran was confident that Lebanon would be able to overcome all the hardships it is facing, just as the brotherly nation successfully went through all the past difficult stages.

The top Iranian diplomat also extended his congratulations to the Lebanese people on the formation of a new government in the Arab country, following a 13-month-long political stalemate.

Heading a delegation, Amirabdollahian arrived in Beirut on Thursday on a first visit to the country since his appointment, after wrapping up a trip to Russia. He is scheduled to hold talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, parliament speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib.

He also plans to meet representatives of Palestinian factions and groups at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.

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