TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on an official visit to Lebanon, felicitated Lebanese people on the election of new President, and underlined that the country could overcome difficulties through unity.

“Despite problems that Lebanon and the region are facing with, we are confident that Lebanese people could leave behind all these difficulties by their unity and solidarity,” Zarif told reporters upon his arrival at Beirut airport on Monday.

Pointing to the election of Michel Aoun as the country’s new president, Zarif said, “Through their courage, and capabilities and the use of democracy, the Lebanese people showed that when they make a decision and others do not meddle with their decision-making, they can build a better future for themselves and the region.”

As regards Iran’s ties with Lebanon, Zarif said he is heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation and emphasized that Iran is determined to establish broader and more effective political and economic relations with Lebanon.

Lebanon’s parliament elected Aoun as president last week. The Arab nation 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.