Published: Tue, February 12, 2019

Lebanon urges Iranian help to return Syrian refugees

Lebanon urges Iranian help to return Syrian refugees

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that his country is ready to cooperate with the new Lebanese government in all areas, Press TV reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pledged support for the new Hizbullah-dominated Lebanese government at the beginning of a two-day trip to Beirut. The conference is widely seen as aimed at isolating Iran, which was not invited.

Senior US officials recently said that the global conference due to be held in Warsaw on February 13 and 14 will not have an anti-Iran agenda.

Lebanon has been following a policy of disassociation from regional conflicts.

In a speech last week, Nasrallah asked why Lebanon was "ignoring" Iran while "offering our necks to others" - an apparent reference to the United States, which has tightened sanctions against his group. The visit comes on the heels of a call by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah for authorities to accept anti-aircraft weapons from Tehran, and after Russia's ambassador to Lebanon warned that USA policies vis-a-vis Iran and its Lebanese terror proxy could spark a regional war with Israel. Hezbollah has three ministers in the new government. Iran has hailed the formation of the new government expressing hope it will strengthen friendship among Lebanese parties and prepare the ground for further development of the Arab country.

Zarif also reminded Poland of the favor that Iran has done the Polish during the second world war, noting, "Polish government can't wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus".

For his part, al-Nakhala thanked Iran for its support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian nation.

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