Renewed Backing for Lebanese Dialogue

Renewed Backing for Lebanese Dialogue

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated Iran's support for national dialogue in Lebanon to help resolve the political problems facing the Arab country.

Zarif made the remark in a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut on Tuesday, in which the two sides discussed regional and bilateral issues, ISNA reported.    

Pointing to the key role of the resistance movement in Lebanon, Zarif called for dialogue and collaboration among all Lebanese factions to help improve the situation of the Arab people and the region, stressing that the Islamic Republic will assist Beirut to this aim.

"Dialogue and tolerance that characterize Lebanon can provide comfort and security for all," Zarif noted.

On bilateral relations, Zarif said Tehran is ready to enhance the level of economic, commercial and cultural collaboration.

The senior Lebanese official expressed pleasure with Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers reached in Vienna on July 14, noting that the accord has created a great opportunity to promote regional peace and stability.

Describing the status of Iran in the region as "highly significant", Salam said Lebanon has always been keen on boosting relations with the Islamic Republic, "regardless of conflicting views of its different factions (on ties with Tehran)."

In a separate meeting, Zarif held talks with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri who welcomed the new solutions emerging thanks to the nuclear agreement, which could bring about "significant changes" to the region.

Zarif hailed Lebanon for its positive stance toward the nuclear accord and said Iran has started a new round of efforts to find new solutions to regional crises.

***Meeting With Hezbollah Leader

The top diplomat on Tuesday evening met with Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East.

A delegation composed of Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fathali accompanied the foreign minister in the meeting.

"The resistance movement has restored dignity to Lebanon… and has led to peaceful coexistence among all Lebanese tribes and groups," the minister noted. He expressed hope that in the light of increased consultations, workable solutions could be found for the ongoing regional problems.

Nasrallah said the resistance front and Hezbollah are making efforts to counter threats posed by enemies to regional states.

During his stay in Lebanon, Zarif also met with his counterpart Gebran Bassil on Wednesday.

The foreign minister arrived in Beirut at the head of a delegation on Tuesday on the first leg of his second regional tour following the nuclear agreement. He left for Damascus later on Wednesday to meet President Bashar al-Assad and other Syrian officials.  


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