Zarif from Beirut: We're Willing to Back Govt. in All Fields


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday kicked off a three-day official visit to Lebanon.

Speaking to reporters at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, Zarif said his visit has “two goals.”

“The first is to announce solidarity and stand by Lebanon, and the second is the Iranian republic’s declaration of its full readiness to support the Lebanese government in all fields,” Zarif said.

“We are always willing to support Lebanon and we’re waiting for the Lebanese side to express this desire,” the minister added.

Zarif will begin his visit by meeting the parties of the March 8 political camp at the Iranian embassy. He will also meet with Ziad Nakhaleh, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, and will hold talks with the representatives of the Palestinian forces and factions.

On Monday, he will meet with President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He will also meet with his Lebanese counterpart Jebran Bassil after which a press conference will be held.

According to media reports, Zarif will also meet with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Zarif is reportedly expected to propose equipping the army with Iranian air defense systems, after Nasrallah said he is willing to ask Iran to provide the army with such weapons.

The West is meanwhile monitoring the Lebanese stance, seeing as Iran is under international sanctions.

Comments 4
Thumb ex-fpm 7 months

"Zarif is reportedly expected to propose equipping the army with Iranian air defense systems"

The same systems being used in Syria against Israeli planes?

Thumb roflmfao 7 months

Dude.. thanks, but we're good.. we have all the Photoshop professionals we can stand.. we'll produce our own fake.. state of the art.. cutting edge stuff.. if we want... But we could be interested in the technology you used.. to send one monkey into outer space.. and have it return as a completely different monkey.. that's fascinating.. We've tried something similar here.. over and over again.. but it don't seem to work for us... We're sending a monkey into the sewers.. but we keep getting that same exact monkey back... It's so frustrating.. and costly!... How did you do it!!..

Thumb whyaskwhy 7 months

Yes thanks Rofl for reminder, with the mighty Islamic balsamic democratic of the Hassan and Hussain Iran we have expanded our sewer technology beyond the 7 dwarfs greatest mining dreams! our fervor for war has increased several fold and we not only want to liberate Palestine now byut, Nigeria, Argentina, Yemen, Bahrein, KSA and Somaila. All this would not have been possible without Iran's influence. Israeli air force continues to shake and shudder at the notion of the air defenses Iran has provided. Let that be a lesson for the rest of the world. Meanwhile I for one look forward to the Abu Ali el Hassan III SALT talks.

Thumb s.o.s 7 months

Please Naharnet, publish an article about the Israeli media campaign mocking Nasrallah for not being able to recycle plastic bottles because he’s living underground since 2006.

It’s such a clever ad.

I wish I could understand Hebrew.