Leader of Islamic Ummah and Opressed people Imam Sayye Ali Khamenei’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati voiced Tehran’s support for the upcoming presidential election in Lebanon, and said the Islamic Republic will respect people’s choice for president in the Arab country.
“Iran approves whoever they (the Lebanese people) elect as president and we will support any popular government which would enjoy the support of the majority of the Lebanese people and that country’s parliament,” Velayati said in a meeting with United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in Tehran on Saturday.
A presidential election was held in Lebanon on April 23, 2014. Since then no candidate reached a two-thirds majority vote in the first round and consequent rounds failed to gain a quorum. A twelfth round is scheduled for September, 2014.
Velayati pointed to Iran’s role in maintaining stability and tranquility of Lebanon, and said, “Iran has always supported territorial integrity of Lebanon and it lays emphasis on peaceful coexistence of different political factions in that country.”
Meanwhile, Velayati referred to the age-old Iran-Lebanon relations, and said, “Tehran closely monitors the developments in Lebanon.”
The UN official, for his part, briefed Velayati on the latest developments in Beirut, and said he would like to hear Velayati’s views about how to maintain peace and security across Lebanon.
Iran and Lebanon enjoy cordial relations and have further expanded these ties in recent years.
The two sides have exchanged several delegations of high-ranking officials in the last three years.