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Ahmadinejad: Iran still supports Lebanon's struggle

Iran Materials 21 May 2011 11:12 (UTC +04:00)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again expressed support for Lebanon's struggle against aggressive Israeli policies toward the country.
Ahmadinejad: Iran still supports Lebanon's struggle

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again expressed support for Lebanon's struggle against aggressive Israeli policies toward the country, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.

"Tehran supports Beirut on regional issues of mutual interest," Ahmadinejad said In a letter to Lebanese President Michel Sleiman.

During a meeting in Beirut on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East Affairs Mohammadreza Sheibani submitted President Ahmadinejad's written message to Sleiman.

In the letter, Ahmadinejad also extended an invitation to the Lebanese president to pay an official visit to Iran.

Sleiman extended his warm greetings to the Iranian president and expressed gratitude to the Iranian nation and government for the respect they have shown for the Lebanese people.

The Lebanese president also said that Beirut supports reform in the region.

Sheibani said, "We are advocates of reforms in the region, but we also believe that stability should be reestablished in the region."

Sleiman and Sheibani called for an increase in cooperation between Tehran and Beirut.

Sheibani also held talks with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and a number of other senior Lebanese officials on Friday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister is also scheduled to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Saturday.

President Ahmadinejad paid a visit to Lebanon in mid-October 2010 upon an invitation from his Lebanese counterpart.

During the visit, he met with Lebanese officials, political leaders, academics, and university students and addressed large crowds of people in Beirut and southern Lebanon.

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