A senior official with the Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement praised Iran’s decision to provide military assistance for the Lebanese government, saying that Beirut needs the “timely” help
“Honestly speaking, we should say that the assistance Iran has provided at this crucial stage (in Lebanon) as the clashes between the army and terrorists rage on, is an appropriate and laudable help, because it would strengthen the army in practice, not just in words” Seyed Hashem Safi al-Din, the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council said.
He also said that those who are seeking to reach their political objectives through undermining the Lebanese army should be aware that they have made a miscalculation because they are harming themselves and the entire Lebanon.
His comments come against the backdrop of the clashes between the Lebanese army and al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups which have infiltrated into the northern parts of Lebanon following military advances by the Syrian government forces in the border areas.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Iran’s military aid to the Lebanese government would be in line with efforts to combat terrorism.
“Any kind of aid offered by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Lebanese army will be within the framework of the fight against terrorism and international law,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in response to remarks by the US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki.
During a press briefing in Washington on Tuesday, Psaki had said that “Iranian arms transfers to Lebanon could be in violation of Iran’s obligation under existing UN Security Council resolutions.”
Amir Abdollahian also censured the US for its adventurism, saying that the US approach has only given rise to extremism in the region.
“In a bid to have an effective and real fight against terrorism, the US should not prevent regional governments and armies from becoming more powerful.”