Iran still ready to arm Lebanese Army

TEHRAN, Jan. 07 (MNA) – The head the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi stressed that Iran is still ready to arm the Lebanese Army, however, the final decision in this regard must be taken in Beirut.

He made the remarks on Friday on the sidelines of a ceremony to pay tribute to the resistance martyrs, including Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, his son Jihad Mughniyah, Mustafa Badr Al Din and Hadi Nasrallah, the eldest son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi accompanied by the parliamentarian delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran left Damascus for the Lebanese capital of Beirut for bilateral talks on regional issues.

Pointing to the visit of former Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Mouqbel to the Islamic Republic to explore ways to further defense ties and arming the Lebanese Army, Boroujerdi told reporters "it is Beirut that should take the final decision."

Congratulating the Lebanese nation on ending the power vacuum in the country and the election of General Michel Aoun as the new president and establishment of the new cabinet, Boroujerdi underlined the opportunities are provided for enhancement of all-out ties between the two countries especially in trade and economic fields.

Iranian senior MP noted that Iran, Russia and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters are in Syria at the official request by the Syrian government to preserve the country's security, stability and sovereignty.

He also underlined those who are present in Syria without permission of the Syrian government, must leave the country immediately, adding their actions are against the international rules amounting to aggression.

Boroujerdi praised the key role of the Lebanese martyrs and the sacrifice they made for a long-standing security to be established in the country despite threats from outside of the borders.

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