7/10/2021–|Last update: 7/10/202111:00 AM (Mecca)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian affirmed that his country would provide any assistance to Lebanon to break what he described as the siege imposed on it if requested to do so, while Lebanese President Michel Aoun affirmed “Lebanon’s support for the efforts being made to promote rapprochement between the countries of the region.”
Abdullahian, after arriving in Beirut for a two-day official visit, expressed Tehran’s confidence that Lebanon will be able to overcome all the difficulties it is experiencing.
In his meetings with Lebanese officials, Abdullahian will discuss the files of bilateral relations between the two countries and developments in the political region. He will also meet with leaders of Palestinian factions and the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.
The National News Agency in Lebanon stated that President Aoun received at the Baabda Palace in Beirut today the Iranian Foreign Minister, and that Aoun affirmed during the meeting Lebanon’s support for efforts made for rapprochement between the countries of the region, while Abdullahian affirmed that “Iran always stands by Lebanon and its people.”
Regarding the visit’s agenda, the director of Al Jazeera’s office in Lebanon, Mazen Ibrahim, said that the Iranian foreign minister will announce, in diplomatic language, what Tehran had announced in the language of the field, from sending ships loaded with fuel, to Lebanon, passing through Syria through irregular routes, and through that it imposed a fait accompli on the field level. .
He added that he came to translate this field through diplomatic language, by assuring that his country is ready to help Lebanon to overcome the siege if Beirut so desired.
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.
During his visit, Abdullahian will meet with Presidents Michel Aoun, Parliament Nabih Berri, Najib Mikati government, in addition to 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.