Iranian FM meets Hezbollah leader in Lebanon

After meeting with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Iranian FM Zarif arrived in Iraq as part of his Middle-East tour.

Iranian FM meets Hezbollah leader in Lebanon

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met late on Monday with Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, the Shiite group said in a statement cited by its al-Manar website.

The statement gave no further details about the meeting.

Earlier in the day, Zarif held a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, during which he underlined the importance of establishing "good" relations with Saudi Arabia to help maintain peace and stability in the Middle East.

Zarif said "it is imperative to have good relations with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia" to foster regional stability, according to a statement released by the Lebanese Presidency.

The top diplomat, who had arrived in Beirut Sunday, said his government would pursue efforts to enhance regional stability whether or not it was invited to attend the Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis.

The Geneva II conference, set to kick off on January 22, is aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in violence-wracked Syria.

Zarif expressed satisfaction with what he described as "positive climate" in Lebanon.

He thanked the Lebanese president for identifying the perpetrators of a deadly blast that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut in November, which killed at least 24 people, including the Iranian culture attaché.

In December, the Lebanese government arrested Majid al-Majid, the leader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which claimed responsibility for the embassy bombing.

Al-Majid later died in custody.

President Suleiman, for his part, underlined the importance of dialogue between Iran and Arab countries.

He said the Geneva conference should draft a roadmap for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.

Syria has been in the throes of conflict since 2011 when a peaceful uprising against President Bashar al-Assad escalated into civil war following a violent government crackdown.

According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict to date.


Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday for talks with Iraqi officials.

Zarif is expected to hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari.

Talks will focus on the situation in Iraq and Syria, an Iraqi diplomatic source told Anadolu Agency.

The top Iranian diplomat is scheduled to hold a press conference with his Iraqi counterpart later in the day.

It is not immediately clear how long the Iranian minister will be in Baghdad.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ocak 2014, 10:12