Iran Supports Lebanese People’s Demands, FM Zarif Says in Beirut


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced Tehran’s continued support for Lebanese nation and government, and urged cooperation among the Arab country’s political groups.

“Tehran supports Lebanese people’s demands and is ready to stay beside and cooperate with the people of that country,” Zarif said, speaking to reporters after his meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut on Tuesday evening.

He also said Iran supports Lebanon to help the Arab country restore and maintain peace and security.

Zarif, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Beirut on Tuesday evening on the first leg of his regional tour after conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, China, Russia, France and Britain plus Germany) in Vienna on July 14.

During their meeting Zarif and Tammam Salam discussed mutual cooperation, and underlined the need for closer ties between the two countries.

The Iranian foreign minister and the Lebanese prime minister also discussed regional developments.