We share Lebanese joy and sorrow: Iran

TEHRAN, May 28, 2008 -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has said Iran is happy with the happiness of Lebanese people and sad with their sadness.

“We came to show that we share the joy and sorrow of Lebanese people,” Mottaki told the Mehr News Agency correspondent in Beirut.

 

Mottaki visited Lebanon on Sunday and Monday to greet the election of former army chief Michel Suleiman as Lebanon’s president as part of the Doha agreement.

 

Under the Doha deal the Lebanese rival groups agreed to form a national unity government and elect Suleiman as president, a post which had remained vacant since Emile Lahoud’s term expired on November 23, 2007.

 

The Doha agreement defused a crisis that had caused the worst civil strife since Lebanon’s 1975-1990 war.

 

Earlier the Iranian foreign minister had called the Doha agreement a “great victory” for all Lebanese people.

 

“We think with this agreement stability and peace will return to Lebanon more effectively,” Mottaki noted.

 

The top diplomat added there should be more efforts for the implementation of the agreements and establishing unity between rival Lebanese factions.

 

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to extend its cooperation with Lebanon more than before in all areas, especially in economic and political spheres.”

 

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