Tehran ready to promote full-gamut cooperation with Beirut: FM Zarif

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is ready to offer full-gamut cooperation to Beirut in a bid to boost ties with the Arab country.

Responding to a question on whether the Islamic Republic would offer military aid to Lebanon, the top diplomat said, “Tehran is ready to maintain cooperation with Beirut in any aspect that the Lebanese government wants.”

Zarif made the remarks upon arrival to Beirut at Sunday noon.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Iranian foreign minister is scheduled to hold meetings with Lebanese officials during a two-day stay.

He will receive a number of senior figures and representatives of the Lebanese and Palestinian parties at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut later today.

On the second day of his stay, Zarif is slated to hold separate talks with top Lebanese officials including, President Michel Aoun, Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Bari, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Jalal Firouznia said on Saturday the Iranian foreign minister is likely to attend a ceremony in Beirut commemorating the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The visit comes just a few days after the formation of the new Lebanese government. Iran has hailed the formation of the new government expressing hope it will strengthen friendship among Lebanese parties and prepare the ground for further development of the Arab country.

Zarif is the first foreign minister visiting Lebanon after the formation of the new government.

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