Hussein Amir-Abdullahian said that Tehran will continue to support Lebanon against the severe economic crisis.
Beirut, Lebanon – Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun to express Tehran’s willingness to support this country that is short of funds.
Amir Abdullahhian will also meet with the recently appointed Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Speaker Nabih Berry, Foreign Minister Abdullah Bu Habib and Palestinian groups on Thursday. representative.
A spokesperson for Iran’s main ally in Lebanon’s Shi’ite party Hezbollah told Al Jazeera that Amir Abdullahian will also meet with representatives of the movement, but the time has not yet been determined.
After landing at Beirut Airport on Wednesday night, Amir Abdullahian said: “I want to declare the frank and firm stand of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It will always stand firmly on the side of the brotherly Lebanese Republic.”
A small protest was held in Beirut on Wednesday against the visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister. Dozens of protesters expressed dissatisfaction with what they believe is Iran’s growing influence in Lebanon.
This visit is nearly a month after Mikati returned to China for the third time as Lebanon’s first official head of government in more than a year.
Lebanon is still in the quagmire of economic collapse. In recent months, three-quarters of the population has fallen into poverty. The severe fuel crisis has brought most of the public life to a halt, and homes and hospitals are struggling to maintain lighting. Now, a quarter of people rely on food assistance from the United Nations World Food Program.
Amir Abdullahian said Tehran is committed to supporting Lebanon in breaking the “unjust siege.”
Last month, Hezbollah facilitated the entry of Iranian fuel into the country through the Syrian port of Baniyas and an unofficial border crossing. Supporters of the movement viewed these deliveries as a victory against the United States’ sanctions against Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah, which the United States designated as a “terrorist” organization.
Hassan Nasrallah, secretary-general of the Iran-backed political party, has repeatedly expressed interest in improving trade with Tehran and Beijing. He said they are willing to support Lebanon with fewer restrictions than Western countries.
Since the financial crisis hit the country, as state institutions continue to collapse, Hezbollah has expanded its sponsorship and social service network.
Prime Minister Mikati stated that he intends to improve relations between Lebanon and the international community, especially in the region. After Riyadh imposed a ban on imports of Lebanese products in April last year, relations with Hezbollah and Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia are currently at their lowest point in history.
The international community has urged Lebanon to reform its hard-hit economy by ending rampant corruption and wasteful spending, restructuring its debt and dysfunctional power sector, and increasing transparency mechanisms to release economic aid.
Lebanon has Recovery technical talks In cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, we hope to resume negotiations on the rescue plan.