Iranian Foreign Minister Meets Top Lebanese Officials

Iranian Foreign Minister Meets Top Lebanese Officials

Andrew H. Sweet

Amir-Abdollahian held separate meetings with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri before talks with recently appointed Prime Minister Najib Mikati. The visit also included talks with Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib, representatives from Palestinian groups, and the Shia political movement Hezbollah, Iran's key ally in Lebanon.

Last month, Hezbollah facilitated the import of Iranian fuel into the country via the Syrian port of Baniyas and through unofficial border crossings. The movement's supporters have perceived the deliveries as a victory against U.S. sanctions on Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah

Hezbollah's Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly expressed an interest in improving trade with Tehran and Beijing. He said they were willing to support Lebanon with fewer restrictions than Western countries.

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