Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the head of Lebanon’s Maronite Church, has praised the Islamic Republic of Iran’s regional role, particularly in the fight against terrorism.
In a Wednesday meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari in Beirut, Patriarch al-Rahi said Iran is a respected country, and that Lebanon needs Tehran’s assistance to further consolidate unity in Lebanon.
The patriarch noted that evidence shows the war in Syria is in its final stages, and that his country thanks Tehran for fighting terrorism and working toward ending the Syria conflict.
He further noted that his country’s priority is to boost national unity.
Among Lebanon’s other priorities, he said, is to tackle economic crises and help repatriate refugees in Lebanon.
For his part, Jaberi Ansari said the message that his trip to Lebanon and his meetings with leaders of all Lebanese groups has is that Tehran respects all components of the Lebanese society.
The Iranian diplomat also praised the local consensus in Lebanon amid the tough regional situation.
He also hailed the political achievements as well as the victories on the ground secured by the Lebanese government, nation, army, and the Resistance movement against terrorist and extremist groups.
“Iran backs these positive developments in Lebanon and in the region,” said Jaberi Ansari.