Iran, Lebanon call for further ties
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil meet in Tehran on October 3, 2010.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has met with Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil ahead of his first official visit to Lebanon slated to begin October 13.
President Ahmadinejad told the visiting minister on Sunday that bolstering ties between the two countries is in the national interest of Tehran and Beirut.
Hailing the resistance by the Lebanese people against Israel, the Iranian president said, “The Islamic Republic likes Lebanon and the Lebanese nation and seeks to boost its relations with the country.”
The Iranian chief executive further pointed out that the Islamic Republic favors national unity and stability in Lebanon.
Moreover, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said stability and unity in Lebanon would foil the plots of the enemies.
Mottaki made the remark in a meeting with Bassil on the same day, adding that peace and stability will lay the ground for development in Lebanon.
The Lebanese energy minister arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday morning to meet with his Iranian counterpart Majid Namjou and other officials to boost Beirut-Tehran interactions in the oil and water sectors.
According to Mottaki, President Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Lebanon will open a new chapter in relations between Iran and Lebanon.
The Iranian president is expected to meet with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as well as leaders of the Hezbollah resistance movement.
On Saturday, leader of Lebanese Arab Struggle Movement Faysal Dawood said Lebanon will be proud to host the Iranian president, describing his forthcoming visit there as a historic event.