Lebanese prime minister stresses his country's friendly ties with Iran, Syria

Iran Materials 16 December 2006 14:33 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora stressed Friday evening Lebanon's friendly ties with Iran and Syria, saying Beirut had no enemy but the Israeli regime.

Siniora, who is currently in Russia to hold talks with senior Russian officials, made the remarks during a press conference in which he dismissed the possibility of disarming the Hezbollah of Lebanon, reports Trend.

"As long as the Shebaa Farms are held by Israeli occupying forces, it will be impossible to talk about disarming the Hezbollah," the prime minister said.

The Shebaa Farms is a triangular border area sandwiched between Lebanon, Syria and occupied Palestine. The area was seized by Israel from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war on the ground Syria did not own the territory.

Stressing that the farmlands originally belonged to Lebanon, the Lebanese government and Hezbollah say they will fight to regain sovereignty over the farmlands.

Asked to comment on the protest demonstrations that has been going on in Beirut to topple his government, the premier said he believed the dispute should be solved through negotiations.

He said his government has offered to hold talks with Hezbollah and other Lebanese parties to resolve the issue of his cabinet's legitimacy.