Iran Deputy FM, Lebanese President Meet in Beirut

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari has held talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Beirut.

The meeting was held on August 21, 2017 at Lebanon’s Presidential Palace where the two sides discussed developments in the Arab country as well Tehran-Beirut relations.

The top Iranian diplomat conveyed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s greetings to his Lebanese counterpart, and praised the Lebanese people, government and army’s key role in fighting terror and countering the Israeli occupation.

Jaberi Ansari said the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s priorities during Rouhani’s second term as president are to boost regional cooperation and give fresh impetus to economic diplomacy, adding Iran pays due regard to Lebanon in that respect.

For his part, the Lebanese president said his country is largely affected by regional crises, especially the conflict in Syria.

He then highlighted the domestic achievements secured thanks to a national consensus in Lebanon on fighting terrorism as well as the approval of the new election law.

At this juncture, Aoun said, one of the Lebanese government’s priorities would be to address economic problems in the country.

He also asked Jaberi Ansari to convey his greetings to President Rouhani and congratulated him on the beginning of his second tenure as Iran’s president while emphasizing the need for closer cooperation between the two sides.

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