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Mottaki confers with Lebanon's PM, parliament speaker

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beirut, Aug 1, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Tuesday held separate meetings with Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Fuad Siniora on the latest political developments in Lebanon and ongoing crisis.

Currently on a visit to Lebanon to sympathize with the country's government, people and resistance at his meetings with Lebanese officials, Mottaki expounded on Iran's measures in the regional and international scene aiming to encourage various states to confront the Zionist regime's aggressions.

In his meeting with Berri, the foreign minister said, "It has been proved in the international scene that the Zionist regime has failed to achieve its military objectives. Thus it is attempting to materialize its failed goals by exerting diplomatic pressure." For his part the Lebanese parliament speaker briefed Mottaki on his country's difficult condition and said that Lebanon's resistance is the outcome of the faith of forerunners of Islamic Movement in the contemporary history, in particular Founder of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini, and the kidnapped leader of Lebanese Shiites Imam Moussa Sadr.

Berri referred to his country's national unity as another factor having an impact on the resistance of Lebanese people against the Zionist regime's intrigues and underlined that the ongoing war has been initiated by Israel against Lebanon on behalf of the US.

He thanked Iran for its unreserved supports for Lebanon's people and resistance, adding that such support is a source of strength for his country to confront the Zionist regime.

The Lebanese official urged the need for immediate cease-fire and underlined that the Zionist regime's aggressions should be stopped.

The Iranian Foreign Minister arrived in Lebanon through that country's northern land border with Syria on Monday night.

Upon his arrival in Beirut, Mottaki met the Lebanese President Emile Lahoud and the visiting French Foreign Minister Filippe Doust Blazy in the evening.

He also met his Lebanese counterpart Fauzi Sallokh on Monday during which the two ministers reviewed the latest developments in the course of Zionist regime's all-out war against Lebanon.


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