Iran throws support behind Lebanon's government

Prime Minister Hassan Diab, along with President Michel Aoun, met with the Iranian Shura Council Speaker at the Baaba Presidential Palace.
by Annahar Staff

17 February 2020 | 20:34

Source: by Annahar

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  • Last update: 17 February 2020 | 20:34

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani meets with President Michel Aoun in Beirut, Feb. 17, 2020. (NNA)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Hassan Diab held his first meeting with a foreign official Monday, garnering support from Iran who pledged to "fully cooperate" with the Lebanese government. 

Diab, along with President Michel Aoun, met with the Iranian Shura Council Speaker at the Baaba Presidential Palace. 

“We, as a friendly country toward Lebanon, express our total readiness to support it in all fields,” Ali Larijani said, adding that he met with leaders of "the resistance" in Syria before landing in Beirut. 

Following his meeting with Aoun, Ali Larijani said that the Islamic Republic stood ready to support Lebanon as it battles with its most severe economic crisis in decades. 

According to a statement from the presidential palace, the two also discussed "the bilateral relations between the two countries, regional developments, the situation in Syria and the importance of the return of Syrian refugees to their country." Larijani also extended Aoun with an invitation to visit Iran's capital Tehran.

Diab's newly formed government recently secured a vote of confidence from parliament but has received a lukewarm reception from regional allies. Western-allied Arab Gulf states have held back from inviting Diab to a visit. His government is mostly made up of Hezbollah backed ministers and its Christian allies. 

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