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Iran congratulates Lebanon on new govt.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:5AM
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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has congratulated Lebanon on the formation of a new cabinet led by Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.


The senior Iranian official in a statement late Monday hailed the formation of a new 30-member cabinet in Lebanon as a great success and a glorious victory for the Lebanese nation and government.

Salehi described the formation of Lebanon's new government as a manifestation of Lebanese national sovereignty against Israeli aggressions and a significant leap toward the establishment of tranquility and stability in the Middle East.

The Iranian foreign minister also expressed hope that Tehran-Beirut relations further expand under the new Lebanese government.

Meanwhile, Iran's First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi congratulated Mikati on the formation of the new Lebanese government in a phone conversation.

He said the Islamic Republic will always stand by the Lebanese people and government and the country's resistance movement.

Rahimi also expressed hope that Iran and Lebanon would be able to implement formerly signed Memorandums of Understanding.

Lebanon's premier on Monday announced the makeup of his cabinet following talks with President Michel Sleiman and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Mikati has vowed that his cabinet would be one that represents all Lebanese.

In late January, President Sleiman issued a decree appointing Hezbollah-backed Mikati as Lebanon's new prime minister.

Mikati won 68 votes in the 128-seat parliament following two days of discussions between lawmakers and the Lebanese president.

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri was also seeking reappointment after his government collapsed following the resignation of 11 ministers from the coalition cabinet in a dispute over a US-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of his father and former Premier Rafiq Hariri.

The government's collapse plunged Lebanon into its worst political crisis since 2008, as Hariri was holding talks in Washington with US President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Press TV, Lebanon's former cabinet minister, Issam Noaman, said the United States spoilt a compromise agreement between Hezbollah and Saad Hariri, head of the Lebanese collapsed government, in a bid to trigger a crisis and indict Hezbollah for involvement in Rafiq Hariri's murder case.

An unconditional ally of the Israeli regime, the US has made no secret of its determination to undermine the anti-Israeli Lebanese resistance movement at any cost.

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