Qalibaf made the remarks in separate messages to his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri and Secretary General of Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyed Hassan Nasrallah on the occasion of the anniversary of the 33-day war in 2006.
“No doubt, the victory of the Lebanese Resistance is not only a turning-point and a golden chapter in the history of the region’s struggles, but also a glaring defeat for the occupying regime,” he said.
Iran’s parliament speaker reiterated that the 33-day war changed the military-political equations of the region.
He noted, “I take this opportunity to reaffirm our full support for Lebanon and Resistance. I hope dignity and welfare for the Resistance and Hezbollah, and the dear people of Lebanon.”
About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon back in the summer of 2006.
According to a 629-page report of the Winograd Commission, appointed by the Israeli regime itself, Hezbollah fighters involved in defending Lebanon against the Israeli war defeated the enemy, and Tel Aviv was compelled to withdraw without having achieved any of its objectives.
The Winograd Commission was set by former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert in September 2006 to examine the events during Israel’s 33-day war on Lebanon. It was chaired by retired judge Eliyahu Winograd.
The commission was formed in the wake of public criticism and protest over the fact that the Israeli military had effectively lost the war by failing to achieve its aim of freeing two soldiers captured by Hezbollah fighters.
UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In relevant remarks on Friday, the Iranian foreign ministry congratulated the Lebanese nation, government, army, and resistance, especially the secretary-general of Hezbollah, on the 14th anniversary of the proud victory of Lebanon’s Islamic resistance against the Zionist regime in the 2006 war, which imposed a historic defeat on the occupying regime.
The great victory was achieved in light of domestic solidarity among various tribes and synergy among the Lebanese people, and resulted in stability, security, and dignity for Lebanon and the region, the statement said.
It added that the resistance of Lebanese women and men and the struggle of the brave young fighters of the resistance gave a lesson to the aggressors and sponsors of terrorism, which will protect Lebanon against the fake regime of Israel’s threats and aggression.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes resistance against the Zionist regime will result in their imminent defeat, as the 33-day war – a symbol of people’s resistance and power against the heavily-armed Zionist regime – ended with a sweet victory for the Lebanese nation.”
It went on to say that there is no doubt that the Lebanese nation will always remember the sweet taste of the victory, and will not allow enemies to play with the country’s security, independence, and sovereignty.
The Lebanese nation will overcome the current crisis through unity and synergy, and that is a great lesson for all regional governments and nations, the statement said.
It pointed out that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the Lebanese nation and government, and will stand by them forever.
“The ongoing visit of the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Beirut on the anniversary of the great epic and his talks and meetings with Lebanese officials and personalities is aimed at promoting constructive relations between Iran and Lebanon as two friendly and brotherly countries and is in line with Tehran’s all-out support for the government, nation, army, and resistance of Lebanon,” the Iranian foreign ministry concluded.