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Jalili welcomes Lebanon hosting Iran-G5+1 talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beirut, Aug 6, IRNA -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili says Iran welcomes Lebanon hosting the new round of its talks with G5+1.

“No such a thing has yet happened but is a good offer. We are proud that the talks will be held in the land of resistance,” Jalili said in an interview with IRNA when asked to comment on certain Lebanese media offer on holding the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the G5+1 in Lebanon.

Talking to reporters on Monday after his meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Jalili said, “We are happy to find a chance to visit Lebanon as the land of resistance because Lebanon is today an outstanding example of resistance at regional and international levels.”

He said, “We believe what happened in Lebanon has been within the frameworks of resistance, followed by resistance in Gaza, Palestine and then Islamic Awakening.”

Jalili called Islamic Awakening in the region “a big chance” for resistance and said, “These days many US allies and those remaining silent on the Zionist regime’s crimes are no longer in power.”

Jalili, who is in Lebanon on an official visit, underlined the need for continued consultations between Tehran and Beirut.

He said that he was in Lebanon for consultations with Lebanese officials given the sensitive conditions of the region.

Jalili, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Beirut earlier this morning to meet with high-ranking Lebanese officials.

He was welcomed by Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour and is scheduled to meet President Michel Suleiman, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and other officials.

Iran and Lebanon enjoy cordial relations and have expanded these ties in recent years.

The two sides have exchanged several delegations of high-ranking officials in the last two years.

Iranian and Lebanese officials have recently doubled efforts to further expand bilateral relations and mutual cooperation between the two nations.

The two countries signed a series of economic agreements during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's landmark visit to Beirut in October 2010.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1024543

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