TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Press Shia) – Deputy Iranian FM for Arab and African Affairs Jaberi Ansari stressed willingness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to expand multilateral relations with Lebanon.

On the second day of his official visit to Lebanon on Monday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari met with Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the two sides mulled over bilateral relations and regional developments.

The Iranian side conveyed warm greetings of Iran’s First VP Jahangiri and FM Zarif to the Lebanese PM and, while referring to launch of President Rouhani’s new term, voiced readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to bolster cooperation with Lebanon in all sectors.

Jaberi Ansari said dialogue, mutual understanding and political partnership were best solutions to regional crises and described Lebanon as a paragon of national consensus and internal coexistence.

Saad Hariri, for his part, expressed warm greetings to President Rouhani, First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri as well as Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and called for deepening and strengthening of relations between the two countries.

“Dialogue, collaboration and partnership among various political parties were the main driving forces for recent achievements by the Lebanese government,” highlighted the official stressing the determination to pursue the same approach.

Lebanon’s prime minister later pointed to Lebanon’s neutrality in the ongoing regional conflicts underscoring that the Zionist regime and terrorism are posing threats to Lebanon and the region.

At this point, Iran’s deputy FM confirmed the remarks made by Hariri and stated that the two threats marked a common ground for reinvigoration of regional cooperation between Tehran and Beirut.

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