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Iran: Middle East supports Lebanon
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Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says in the event of an Israeli attack on Lebanon and Syria, all regional countries will support Beirut and Damascus.

"If the Zionist Regime [of Israel] attacks Lebanon and Syria, all regional countries including Iran will stand behind Beirut and Damascus," Mottaki said on Monday.

"Iran and Saudi Arabia are two important regional countries and cooperation between them is in the interest of the region and the Islamic World," Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying in an interview with Kuwait's Al-Anba.

"We have common strategic interests with the regional countries in the Persian Gulf," said the Iranian foreign minister, adding that Iran's strategy is to strengthen bilateral ties with all members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Mottaki also pointed to the situation in Baghdad and said "Iran and Syria support Iraq's stability" and regard haste in government formation as a factor in establishing stability in the country.

Iraq has broken the world record for the longest time needed to form a government after the country's political deadlock went into its 211th day on Monday.

The country's government impasse, however, may be coming to an end following a merger that was announced Friday between Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition and Moqtada al-Sadr's Iraqi National Alliance.

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