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SNSC Secretary: Iran’s Support for Lebanon Based on Int’l Laws

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Secretary of Iran’ Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underlined that Tehran’s plans to assist the Lebanese army in fighting terrorism are fully based on international laws.
Iran’s support for Lebanon is completely based on the international law, Shamkhani said on Wednesday.

While those who claim to be fighting terrorism prepared the ground for formation and growth of the terrorist groups through their financial and intelligence support, Iran stood up against this evil phenomenon and will continue to do so, he added.

Shamkhani blasted the US double-standard approach towards the international campaign against terrorism, and said that the presence of trans-regional countries to repel the threat of terrorism in the region is “unnecessary”.

He voiced Tehran’s readiness to provide support to and share experience with the governments threatened by terrorism, upon their demands.

In relevant remarks yesterday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced Tehran’s plans to assist the Lebanese army in fighting terrorism.

“The Lebanese army should be strengthened for its campaign against terrorism,” Amir Abdollahian told FNA on Wednesday.

“Any assistance by Iran to the Lebanese army will be within the framework of war on terrorism and the international laws,” he added.

Asked about the US officials’ reaction to Iran’s possible assistance to the Lebanese army, Amir Abdollahian said, “Instead of adventurous measures which merely intensify extremism, the US should avoid preventing reinvigoration of the regional states and armies if it favors a materialization of real and effective war on terrorism.”

Also on Tuesday, Shamkhani announced that Iran plans to gift a military tool or weapon to the Lebanese army in the near future.

“The gift will be sent in the near future and it will be delivered to the Lebanese defense minister during his upcoming visit to Iran,” Shamkhani said after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut.

Shamkhani pointed to his meeting with the Lebanese prime minister, and said, “We discussed bilateral ties and regional political developments as well as the plots hatched by the Israeli regime to misuse the regional developments.”

On Monday, Shamkhani underlined Tehran and Beirut’s firm will to consolidate security and defense cooperation to thwart common enemies’ plots.

Upon arrival in Beirut Airport in a brief meeting with the reporters, the top Iranian security official said that the two governments and nations have had long standing historical relations.

“The main objective of my visit to Lebanon is holding dialogue and consultations on political and security developments in the region and seeking ways for cooperation in confrontation with shared threats against Iran and Lebanon,” Shamkhani underscored.

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.

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