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Iran’s Velayati Hails Lebanon’s Victories over Foreign-Backed Terrorists

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said recent victories of Lebanon against US-Israeli-backed terrorist groups, belong to all countries in the Axis of Resistance.

“We applaud the victories that have recently been reached in Lebanon against terrorist groups,” Velayati said during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Beirut on Friday.

“Iran supports the stability of Lebanon and its government and welcomes its independence,” the Iranian official noted.

“Lebanon’s victory over terrorism is a victory for all of us,” he said, adding, “Victories in Syria are our victory (since) these terrorists are supported by the Zionists and the US.”

In recent months, the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters have made major advances against Takfiri terrorists in the Qalamoun mountains in the Lebanon-Syria joint border areas.

They have liberated large areas and forced al-Nusra Front (now known as Tahrir al-Sham) terrorists to escape the region.

Hezbollah says its counterterrorism mission in Syria and along the common borders is aimed at preventing the spillover of the crisis into Lebanon.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), and al-Nusra Front, currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.