Mottaki, Lahoud review regional developments

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beirut, Aug 1, IRNA
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Tuesday conferred with the Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on recent developments in the region.

At the meeting, the two sides discussed various issues including current wide-scale Zionist attacks to Lebanon, its aftermath, ways to put an end to the conflict, calls for a truce along with various offers proposed by different countries as well as Iran's assistance to Lebanon.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to render moral, humanitarian and diplomatic assistance to Lebanon against the atrocities of the Zionists aggressors, Mottaki said and voiced sympathy with the Lebanese government and nation over the disaster at Qana which took the lives of 60 innocent civilians.

Referring to the aggression of the Zionist regime to Lebanon, he described the stands of the Lebanese nation in the face of Zionist atrocities as a source of pride which is praiseworthy.

The Lebanese, through their brave resistance, could put an end to myth of an invincible Zionist regime, he underlined.

The global organizations, with the UNSC at the head, should be accountable to public opinions for their inability in dealing with the atrocities of the Zionist occupiers, he said.

It is incumbent for all countries to respect agreements among Lebanese political wings in resolving the current crisis, he said adding that their solidarity would play a decisive role in their continued resistance.

Referring to the so-called plan for 'New Middle East', he said the American seeks to create a new region in the Middle East region with Israel as the pivot.

Given the full-scale efforts of Iranian officials to persuade other countries to play a much more active and positive role in Lebanon in dealing with the atrocities of the Zionist regime, he said the Zionist regime has failed to achieve its pre-planned goals.

Strongly condemning the Zionist crimes for massacring innocent Lebanese women and children, he underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Lebanese nation and their resistance.

The Lebanese president for his part appreciated Iran's political, diplomatic and humanitarian aid to his people.

Israel wish to disrupt restoration of tranquility and security in Lebanon, he said adding that they have already prepared a plan to connect them to Litani river, disarm Hizbollah and impose their conditions on Lebanon.

Since the Zionists have been defeated militarily, they seek to make up for their defeat through diplomacy, he concluded.


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