Lebanese foreign minister Gebran Gerge Bassil, who is currently visiting the Islamic Republic, urged the Arab world to confront the Zionist entity and the foreign funded terrorists in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
Bassil met Iranian president Sheikh Dr. Hassan Rouhani, foreign minister Dr. Zarif, Speaker Ali Larijani and Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to country’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei.
On Sunday, during a meeting with president Rouhani, Bassil told his host that “the Islamic Republic of Iran can be the flag bearer of democracy in the region.” He also praised Iran for permanently helping Lebanon to fight Israeli terrorism.
Bassil, has visited Iran on several occasions in the past, but this is his first visit since he was elected leader of Lebanon’s Free National Movement. In an interview with IRNA Bassil said that the so-called P5+1 and Iran nuclear deal will alter regional and international equation in favor of Iran.
He called for formation of a front comprising Sunni, Shia, Kurd and Christian forces for fighting Tafiri terrorists.
On Russia’s involvement in anti-terror campaign in Syria, he said that Russia took the steps following incompetence and inability of the US-led coalition.
“Some 80 countries led by the US had entered the war against ISIL since 16 months ago, but they were completely a failure,” Bassil said.
As to Iran-Lebanon ties, he described bilateral ties as excellent, saying that today, Iran is ready to help Lebanon as it did during conflict with the Israeli occupying entity. “Today, Iran is ready to provide the Lebanese army with arms and contribute to its economy but the sanctions deprived Lebanon of economic cooperation with Iran,” he said. Bassil hoped that Lebanese Middle East Airlines would launch direct flights between Tehran and Beirut in future.
Bassil (born in 1970) is former energy minister and son-in-law of Gen. Michel Aoun, an ally of Islamic Resistance Hizbullah.