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Iran 'flagbearer' for support of resistance: Hezbollah official

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem

A senior official of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has hailed Iran’s support for the resistance front in the region, saying Tehran has always been at the forefront in this regard despite paying the price for its stance.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem made the remarks on Saturday during a ceremony at Iran’s embassy in Beirut commemorating International Quds Day.

"The path of resistance has proliferated into an axis in the region spearheaded by the Islamic Republic of Iran … With Palestine as its focal point, [the Resistance Axis] has developed into a force to be reckoned with," he said.

"Iran is at the lead in supporting the resistance and has tolerated the expenses of opposing the international trend."

Qassem also noted that the path of resistance is today more powerful than ever as it has imposed equations of deterrence, emphasizing that Hezbollah knows no limits when it comes to confronting the occupying Israeli regime.

The resistance axis, he added, acts as a "coherent" body similar to a united front against Tel Aviv.

He further described al-Quds as the key to the liberation of the entire region from the grip of global oppression and arrogance.

The Israeli regime occupied the West Bank, including East al-Quds, in a Western-backed war in 1967. Ever since, it has been dotting the territory with hundreds of illegal settlements that house thousands of settlers.

Iran has repeatedly called resistance the sole way to free Palestine from Israel’s decades-long occupation.

Addressing Saturday’s event, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mojtaba Amani said unity among Palestinians and their fighters in the occupied territories and refugee camps is the best way to realize the nation’s aspirations after decades of sacrifices.

"The developments we are experiencing indicate major transformations in the region, and we must take advantage of them to strive for the liberation of the Palestinian people," he pointed out.

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