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Lebanon urged Iran to help return Syrian refugees

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SHAFAQNA- Michel Aoun, President of Lebanon on Monday urged Iran to help return Syrian refugees to their war-torn country.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Beirut on Sunday for a two-day visit to hold meetings with Lebanese officials.

Zarif held talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

During their meeting, Aoun congratulated Iran on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Zarif also offered his well wishes on the formation of the new Lebanese government.

The two officials discussed ways and means of enhancing political and economic relations between their countries.

They also reviewed Iran’s position toward the developments.

The problem of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon requires an essential solution which is their return to Syria, Aoun said.

Referring to serious consequences of Syrian refugees on the economic, social and security situations in Lebanon, he urged Iran to play a role in that regard.

In the wake of tension in Syria and imposed war on the country by some international powers and their allies, a number of Syrian citizens were forced to leave Syria for Lebanon.

Lebanese officials announced that there are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, conveying Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s congratulations on establishment of new government of Lebanon, Zarif described the achievement as the fruit of Aoun’s wisdom to maintain convergence among Lebanese groups, IRNA reported.

He also invited Aoun to have a trip to Iran.

Zarif also made the remarks upon his arrival at Beirut’s international airport on Sunday at the start of his first visit to Lebanon since its new government was formed late last month.

“We always have this type of readiness and we announced on other occasions that this tendency exists in Iran but we are waiting for this desire to exist on the Lebanese side,” said Zarif.

The top Iranian diplomat said his visit was aimed at declaring Tehran’s support for Lebanon and to announce that it “has complete and comprehensive readiness to deal with the brotherly Lebanese government in all areas.”

Lebanese officials have repeatedly complained about Israeli jets’ violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty.

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit to Beirut comes a few weeks after Lebanon’s presidency announced the formation of the new national unity government, putting an end to a nine-month stalemate.

The new government, headed by Hariri, includes 30 ministers from most Lebanese political factions, which have been in talks after the country in May 2018 held its first parliamentary elections in nine years, press tv reported.

Many observers see the visit in line with Iran’s support and content with formation of national unity government in Lebanon.

Iran, Lebanon review bilateral ties, regional development

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Speaker of the parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri discussed the bilateral relations between two countries and the recent developments in the region.

Expressing congratulations over victory of Lebanon for formation of new government, Zarif said Tehran is ready to promote cooperation with Lebanon in all fields.

He underlined the fact that relations between Iran and Lebanon will not harm any other county.

Zarif also referred to boosting commercial cooperation between two countries as an important capacity.

Berri, for his part, congratulated Zarif on the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution and extended hope for developing relations in all fields.

During the meeting both sides discussed developments in Syria and described improving security conditions in this country as important.

Iran stands by Lebanon, Zarif tells Lebanese political parties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday held talks with representatives of political parties and movements in Beirut.

According to the website of Iranian foreign Ministry, in the meeting, Zarif expressed satisfaction with his visit to Lebanon on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution which marks the resistance of Iranian people against the hostility of great powers.

“It is an honour for us that we have always stood with the nations of the region, especially the Lebanese people. We are standing with the Lebanese people and are ready to expand our cooperation in various fields of mutual interest,” the foreign minister added.

In this meeting, representatives of Lebanese political parties and movements congratulated Iran on the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution and expressed their views on the situation in Lebanon and the region and ways to expand ties between the two countries, Mehr news Agency reported.

Lebanon will not participate in Warsaw Conference

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beirut on Monday that his country will not take part in the ongoing Warsaw Conference.

Bassil said that the decision about not participating in the Conference is taken in accordance with Lebanon’s national interests.

The Conference, slated for February 13-14, will be hosted by Poland and sponsored by the United States.

The US actually aims to turn the so-called conference on “Peace and Security in the Middle East” into an event against Iran’s presence in the region.

The Iranian foreign minister, for his part, appreciated Beirut’s firm stance on Warsaw Conference.



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