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  • 11/30/2010

Resistance must be appreciated, Leader tells Hariri


Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei held a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Tehran on Monday to discuss current developments in the region and bilateral issues.

The Leader told the visiting Lebanese prime minister, “Resistance is the only factor which the enemies of Lebanon cannot resist, so its value must be appreciated.”

Lebanon is the only Arab country which has been able to defeat the Zionist regime, Ayatollah Khamenei noted, adding, “As long as the occupier Zionist regime exists, Lebanon also needs resistance.”

“The prosperity of the Lebanese people delights Iran, just as the suffering of Lebanon also causes sadness for Iran.”

Hariri said, “Any discord in Lebanon will benefit Israel.”

He added, “The main aim of the Lebanese government is to maintain and promote national unity… and to resist (any) aggression.”

“We regard the Islamic Republic of Iran as a brotherly and friendly country… which has always provided assistance to the Lebanese people in hard times,” Hariri stated.

Hariri left Tehran on Monday after a three-day visit. Seven ministers accompanied the Lebanese prime minister on his first official visit to Iran.

Victory can only be achieved through unity

Hariri also held talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad late on Sunday.

The enemies do not want to see Muslim nations living in dignity and “are opposed to the development of all Islamic countries, and the only way to defeat them is to maintain and strengthen unity,” Ahmadinejad told Hariri.

Anyone who cares about the future of Lebanon must support the promotion of national unity and stability in the country, he added.

Ahmadinejad also said, “We believe if we stand by each other, the issues and problems of the region and the world will be resolved easily.”

Hariri said, “The Zionists have never sought peace and have used every opportunity to deal a blow to regional countries.”

He added, “Resistance against the Zionist regime, as a great challenge in the region, requires that Arab countries maintain unity and solidarity with Iran.”

Lebanon must determine fate of 4 Iranian nationals abducted in 1982

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki also held a meeting with the Lebanese prime minister late on Sunday.

In the meeting, Mottaki asked Hariri to take measures to determine the fate of four Iranian nationals who have been held by the Zionist regime for over 28 years.

Four Iranian nationals, chargé d’affaires Mohsen Mousavi, military attaché of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmad Motevasellian, Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam, a diplomat from the embassy, and Kazem Akhavan, a reporter and photographer from the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), were captured by a Phalangist militia while traveling to southern Lebanon in 1982, then handed over to the Zionist regime and transferred to a prison in occupied Palestine.

Mottaki said, “It is hoped that unity in the Muslim world and the region will take the opportunity away from those who seek to sow discord. Regional states must also maintain vigilance.”

If regional countries make efforts to realize the potential of the region, they will not have to rely on outside potential anymore, he added.

Mottaki also emphasized the importance and necessity of maintaining national unity in Lebanon.

Hariri thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for its support of the Lebanese people in the face of the threats posed by the Zionist regime and its assistance in reconstructing Lebanon and establishing stability in the country.

He also said Lebanon recognizes and supports Iran’s right to acquire access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes and called for increased cooperation between Tehran and Beirut.

Iran-Lebanon friendship will blind the enemies

During his visit, Hariri also held a meeting with Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi early on Monday.

Rahimi said, “Iran-Lebanon friendship will blind the enemies.”

He also noted that Hariri’s visit to Iran will help increase bilateral cooperation in all areas.

Hariri described his visit to Iran as “fruitful”, saying the two countries should consolidate their relations in all spheres.

Hariri left Tehran for Beirut on Monday afternoon.

Source: tehrantimes.com

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