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Iran will continue support for Lebanon resistance, boost all-out ties: FM

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 16 September 2021 8:36 AM

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said the dignified resistance of the Lebanese people against the Zionist and Takfiri enemy is "a source of honor and pride for all regional nations and the freedom-seekers," vowing that the Islamic Republic will continue to support the resistance front.

In a meeting with the representative of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah in Iran, Abdullah Safioddin, on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian stressed that the Islamic Republic is ready to extend a helping hand to the Arab nation on various fronts.

He passed Iran's congratulations to Lebanon on the formation of a new government and expressed hope that it would help the country solve the Lebanese people's problems, saying Tehran is ready to further improve relations with Beirut.

Lebanese leaders on Friday agreed on a new government after a 13-month deadlock that left the country grappling with a severe economic and financial crisis.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Saturday hailed the formation of the government, stating that the cash-strapped Arab country would "climb out of the abyss."

"We will get out of hell and we will rise up from the abyss that we are in," Aoun told a group of local reporters after he signed a decree with Prime Minister Najib Mikati appointing a 24-member cabinet charged with halting Lebanon's economic meltdown.

The Hezbollah representative, for his part, said the Lebanese people are grateful to Iran for its support for their country at times of difficulty.

Safioddin also thanked Iran for selling much-needed fuel to Lebanon.

Lebanon has been mired since late 2019 in a deep financial crisis that has caused the Lebanese pound to lose around 90 percent of its value to the dollar.

Severe fuel shortages and wide-scale power cuts have paralyzed the Mediterranean country.

The US has exacerbated the crisis by imposing a siege on Lebanon in a bid to force the formation of a Western-friendly administration there.

Hezbollah announced a decision to start importing fuel from Iran last month amid US sanctions that have been targeting Lebanon over the movement's legitimate involvement in the country's political and military affairs.

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