Iran’s aid to Lebanese army aims to fight terrorism
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.1
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's aid to Lebanese army is based on the international law and aims to combat terrorism, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.
He said the Lebanese army should be properly equipped to combat terrorism, Iran's Fars news agency reported on October 1.
Instead of fueling adventurism in the region, the U.S. should help regional governments boost their armed forces to combat terrorism, he added.
On September 30, Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said in Beirut that he will discuss military cooperation with the Lebanese officials.
Shamkhani also said the issue of supplying the Lebanese army with military equipment, as requested by the Lebanese side, will also be discussed.
He went on to add that seeking ways for cooperation in confrontation with common threats against Iran and Lebanon is also among the main objectives of the visit.
The Islamic State (IS) group has declared war against the Lebanese army, which they claim has assisted the Shiite Iranian-backed Hezbollah group that has de facto control over the government of Lebanon.
In particular, the Sunni jihadists say the army has allowed Hezbollah fighters through checkpoints to assist the Syrian army against Syrian opposition forces. Hezbollah contends that it is providing the assistance to maintain the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is closely allied with Iran.
The terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State (IS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. In 2004-2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamic groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the terrorist organization penetrated the country in 2013. After this, the terrorist organization said it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared jihad (a holy war) against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.