Iran offers Lebanon defense assistance
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says Tehran is ready to start defense cooperation with Beirut upon the Lebanese side's request, Press TV reported.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced its readiness for defense cooperation with Lebanon," Vahidi said on Saturday.
In October, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid an official two-day visit to Lebanon during which he discussed future defense cooperation with Lebanese officials.
"Whenever the Lebanese side is ready to start this cooperation it will submit its request," IRNA quoted the Iranian minister as saying.
Beirut has welcomed military cooperation with Tehran.
"Lebanon is our friend. If we receive any demand [for equipping their Army], we have full potential to help them," Vahidi said last year.
Lebanon "needs military equipment to defend its borders against Israel," Vahidi pointed out.
Vahidi said Iran's "dynamic" defense industry has the capacity to supply arms to more than 50 other states.