Beirut / Stephanie Rady / Anatolia
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said, on Thursday, that “Lebanon is capable of overcoming the difficulties it is facing, just as it overcame its problems in previous stages.”
This came in a press conference held after his arrival at Rafic Hariri International Airport in the capital, Beirut, on an official two-day visit to Lebanon.
Abdullahian stated, “Iran will not spare Lebanon any assistance if it is asked to do so.”
He added, “We are confident that Lebanon is able to overcome difficulties, as it overcame its problems in previous stages.”
The Iranian minister congratulated the Lebanese people on the formation of the new government headed by Najib Mikati.
In September 2021, the government headed by Mikati was formed, after 13 months of stumbling, following the resignation of the caretaker government headed by Hassan Diab, on August 10, 2020, after the Beirut port explosion.
Later on Thursday, Abdullahian will meet with Presidents Michel Aoun, Parliament Nabih Berri, the government, Najib Mikati, and Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib.
About two years ago, Lebanon was beset by an economic crisis, the worst in its history, as it caused a financial and living collapse, high poverty rates, and a scarcity of fuel, medicines and other basic commodities, due to the lack of foreign exchange needed to import them.
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