Aoun Meets Zarif: Iran Can Play a Role in Refugees’ Return
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif led an Iranian delegation to Lebanese on Monday where he met with President Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, the National News Agency reported.
NNA said that talks between the two men highlighted the relations between the two countries and the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Aoun said that "Iran has a role in helping the refugees return back to their homeland," the Presidency’s media office said on Twitter.
“Lebanon’s new government will give this file special attention,” added Aoun.
According to LBCI, Zarif delivered a “verbal message” from the Iranian President to Aoun inviting him to visit Iran.
Zarif later met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh. He reiterated in remarks to reporters that “Iran is willing to cooperate with Lebanon at all levels to serve the interests of the two countries," adding that "these special relations serve the two brotherly peoples and don’t have a negative impact.”
Later on Monday, Zarif met with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and held a joint press conference with him.
At the conference, Zarif said Tehran is “confident that the new government will advance Lebanon,” vowing that his country “will always stand by the Lebanese people and extend the hand of help to the country.”
“We are fully ready to respond to the Lebanese government's request for cooperation in any vital fields it sees appropriate,” Zarif said, noting that “fictional and delusional reports are being circulated in this regard.”
“We highly appreciate the Lebanese regarding the Warsaw conference,” the minister added.
He also pointed out that “there is no international law that prevents Iran and Lebanon from cooperating,” noting that “even Resolution 2231 asks all countries to normalize their economic ties with Iran.”
Later in the day, Zarif met with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
Zarif is scheduled to meet later in the day with Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Zarif had arrived in Lebanon on Sunday and met with the parties of the March 8 political camp at the Iranian embassy. He also met with Ziad Nakhaleh, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, and the representatives of the Palestinian forces and factions.