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Iran ready to give Lebanon military aid
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Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki expresses Tehran's readiness to provide "unlimited" economic and military support for Lebanon.


"Stability and peace in Lebanon is a gift that benefits all countries," Mottaki said on Monday.

"Iran is ready to provide unlimited economic and even military support for the Lebanese government and people," IRNA quoted Mottaki as telling the Syrian daily Al-Watan.

The Iranian foreign minister's comments come as Israel has so far launched two wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006 -- the second of which left almost 1,200 Lebanese dead.

On both occasions Tel Aviv fell short of achieving any of its objectives and the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement forced the Israeli military into retreating.

In July, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that Israeli officials "have decided to attack two of the regional Arab states, which are our allies."

Although the Iranian president did not name the two states, political analysts believe Syria and Lebanon are the likely targets.

"Lebanon is not the source of disagreement and confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia," Mottaki said.

The Iranian foreign minister explained that rumors circulating about the danger of Iran's nuclear program for Arab countries are all US propaganda.

The US and its allies accuse Iran of pursuing a military nuclear program. Tehran rejects Western accusations of pursuing a military nuclear program, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty the country has the right to peaceful nuclear energy.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has, in its many reports, verified the non-diversion of nuclear material toward military objectives.

"The Middle East has reached political maturity… and American mischief to create discord in the region remains futile," Mottaki concluded.

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