Iran reaffirms support for Lebanon’s solidarity, stability

File photo: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, arrives for a mass funeral of ten Lebanese soldiers at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh near Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri has announced he is resigning in a surprise move following a trip to Saudi Arabia. In a televised address Saturday, Nov. 4, he slammed Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group for meddling in Arab affairs and says “Iran’s arms in the region will be cut off.” (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

TEHRAN, April 8 (Xinhua) — Iran on Sunday reaffirmed its constant support for Lebanon’s solidarity and stability, according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported stability and security in Lebanon and has made its utmost to maintain solidarity among the country’s ethnic and political groups,” said Bahram Qasemi.

Qasemi’s remarks followed an article published in Iranian newspaper Jomhouri Eslami, which criticized Iran’s role in Lebanon over the past decades.

The article runs counter to Iran’s positive approach in Lebanon over the past four decades, the spokesman noted.

The peaceful coexistence of religions and ethnicities in Lebanon has turned the country into a model for other countries, Qasemi said, adding that his country has always encouraged solidarity among the Lebanese.

“Respecting the sovereignty of all countries, including Lebanon, and showing respect for the political figures of the country is the most important principle in the foreign policy of Iran,” he stressed.

In a phone conversation with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in November, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country would always stand by Lebanon and spare no effort to help improve Lebanon’s stability.

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