Mansour, Iranian FM
meet in Tehran

Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour kicked off his visit to Iran by meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salihi on Saturday, the National News Agency reported.

Discussions centered on bilateral ties, the regional situation and the need to find a solution to the Syrian crisis through dialogue between the Syrian government and national opposition.

The Iranian foreign minister expressed his country's great admiration for Lebanon, adding that “Iran's interests lies in Lebanon's security and stability.”

Salihi voiced his country’s readiness “to support boosting bilateral relations with Lebanon and activating previously signed cooperation agreements between both countries.”

He also stressed that “Iran welcomes any solution to the Syrian crisis through dialogue.”


Mansour, in turn, congratulated Salihi on the election of the new Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.


Rowhani’s election as the new Iranian president ends eight years of conservative grip on the presidency.


The Lebanese FM noted that “the region's security cannot be separated, whereby the repercussions of the Syrian crisis shall reach all regional countries, including Lebanon.”


He also called for halting all acts of violence and initiating a political solution in Syria, adding: “We support Iran in any act that ends bloodshed in Syria.”


The conflict in neighboring Syria has increasingly spilled over into Lebanon, with the Damascus regime’s ally Hezbollah dispatching fighters to battle alongside the Syrian army against rebel forces.

We support Iran in any act that ends bloodshed in Syria.