Zarif in Lebanon to review Tehran-Beirut ties

Many critics have said that nuclear deal signed between Iran and major powers will lead to a change in Iranian stance

Zarif in Lebanon to review Tehran-Beirut ties

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to visit Beirut on Tuesday to stress to Lebanese officials that Tehran's stance towards Syria and Hezbollah has not changed, diplomatic sources said.

Sources say that Zarif will send a clear message to the parties, claiming Iran will turn its back on Syria and Hezbollah, that Tehran continues to back its allies in the region.

Many critics have said that a nuclear deal signed between Iran and major powers in Vienna last month will lead to a change in the Iranian stance.

During his two-day official visit, Zarif is expected to meet with a number of high-profile officials - Speaker of the Parliament, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister - as well as Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

It was not clear if the Iranian Foreign Minister would also visit Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh.

The July 14 deal between Iran and six world powers - the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany - is meant to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions.

In addition to his talks on the deal, Zarif is expected to discuss with the Lebanese officials ways to improve bilateral economic cooperation, the sources said.

They said that despite years of sanctions, Iran was able to make major progress in power production.

Lebanon can benefit from Tehran in that regard, the sources added.

A visit to the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday as part of his tour of regional countries. The Iranian minister is also expected to visit Turkey and Syria.

Earlier, a Turkish foreign ministry official said that Zarif's visit to Turkey, during which he was expected to discuss the Syrian conflict, has been postponed.

Last Mod: 11 Ağustos 2015, 10:21
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