TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has plans to visit Lebanon, probably next week, a spokesperson announced Friday.

According to Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, the minister’s visit to Lebanon will be part of periodic consultations between Tehran and Beirut, considering the Arab country’s “influence on regional peace and stability.”

In the upcoming trip, Foreign Minister Zarif will meet senior Lebanese officials and figures for talks on expansion of political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries in the “new era” following election of a new Lebanese president, the spokesman added.

The negotiations will also revolve around the latest regional developments, including the crisis in Syria, he went on to say.

On October 31, Lebanon’s parliament elected Michel Aoun as the new president. The Arab country had been without a head of state for 29 months after Michel Suleiman stepped down as president at the end of his term in May 2014.

Since then, 45 sessions to elect a new leader had failed due to political infighting.