Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Jaberi Ansari held talks Monday in Lebanon with President Michel Aoun and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil after arriving in the country on a two-day official visit.
According to the National News Agency, Aoun stressed to Ansari that “the Lebanese stance is firm in terms of refraining from interfering in the domestic affairs of Arab countries and staying away from external conflicts.”
He also told the Iranian visitor that “the Lebanese army is receiving unanimous national support in its war against terrorism, which will soon result in ending the presence of the terrorists in the northeastern border outskirts.”
And hailing “the bilateral ties between Lebanon and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Aoun promised to visit Tehran at the official invitation that was recently addressed to him after agreeing on its date through diplomatic channels, NNA said.
Ansari for his part relayed to Aoun Iran's congratulations on “the success that the Lebanese army has achieved in ousting the militants of the terrorist Islamic State group from the eastern border's outskirts.”
He also emphasized that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is keen on “developing bilateral cooperation in the various economic and commercial fields,” lauding “the achievements that have been made during President Aoun's term, especially in terms of extending security and stability across Lebanon and regularizing political life.”