Iranian Mission Blasts Lebanese Papers for Untrue Quotations from Zarif
The Iranian embassy’s statement came after the Lebanese newspapers Al-Nahar and Al-Mustaqbal misquoted Zarif about the upcoming presidential election in Lebanon.
The embassy said the Al-Nahar and Al-Mustaqbal reports that have been released on October 1 and October 3, respectively, and include quotations from the Iranian foreign minister are completely wrong.
The Iranian embassy called on the two newspapers to observe the professional codes of conduct and stop writing untrue stories and disseminating incorrect information.
It explained that when the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was leaving Lebanon after his recent visit to the country, an Al-Nahar correspondent asked to take a personal photo with him; then the correspondent asked about Iran’s involvement in Lebanon’s presidential election and Zarif said in response that Iran respected the political process in Lebanon and favored consensus among Lebanese political groups.
The embassy expressed surprise over the improper news coverage of Zarif’s remarks by these two newspapers, and stressed that Iran was certainly committed to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
In late August, Zarif voiced Tehran’s concern over certain countries’ interference in the regional states’ internal affairs, and said the regional nations are capable of deciding their own countries’ fate.
Speaking in a meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Taïeb Baccouche in Tunis, Zarif called for an end to foreign meddling in the regional crises, saying that dialogue should be a basic strategy to solve the crises in the region and any contribution in this regard should be aimed at facilitating dialogue.
On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati deplored the meddling of big powers and their regional allies in the domestic affairs of other countries.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns any foreign interference in the internal affairs of countries; we help Lebanon and we see it as out duty (but we don’t interfere), and we hope that Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain could achieve their objectives despite the pressures exerted on them,” Velayati said in a meeting with a group of Lebanese elites and representatives of political parties.