Lebanon calls for defense ties with Iran
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has hailed Iran's assistance to Lebanon, calling for the expansion of defense cooperation between Tehran and Beirut, Press TV reported.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has done great things for Lebanon in difficult situations," Hariri said in a meeting with Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday.
"The defense ministries of Iran and Lebanon should pave the way for the expansion of defense relations between the two countries through cooperation," ISNA quoted Hariri as saying.
Hariri arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran earlier on Saturday for a three-day visit.
In his first visit to Tehran as the Lebanese prime minister, Hariri is scheduled to hold talks with senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on bilateral and regional issues.
The Lebanese premier stressed the importance of unity among Arab countries and Iran, saying that "unity is the greatest factor in repelling dangers that threaten the region."
"The Lebanese government will try to strengthen Lebanon's army with all its might," he added.