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Iranian VP, Lebanese Caretaker PM Discuss Bilateral, Regional Issues

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(FNA) – Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Mir-Tajeddini and Lebanese Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati in a meeting discussed the two countries’ bilateral ties and regional developments.

During the meeting in Beirut on Thursday, Mir-Tajeddini lauded the Lebanese people’s resistance against the Israeli regime and expressed Iran’s support for Lebanon’s army, nation and anti-Israeli resistance.

As regards the latest developments in the region, the Iranian official warned against efforts made by hegemonic powers to spark sectarian strife in the Muslim world, urging regional vigilance to thwart the US and Israeli plots.

Arrogant powers are plotting to create sectarian strife in the Muslim world because they have failed to prevent the spread of Islamic Awakening across the regional countries, he stated.

Mikati, for his part, said both Tehran and Beirut are of the conviction that regional countries need to remain united and watch out for seditious moves.

He said certain powers have triggered tension in the Middle East to find a pretext to justify their interference in the internal affairs of regional countries.

Mikati also thanked Iran for supporting Lebanon’s national unity and stability, calling for further consolidation of mutual cooperation.

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.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a landmark visit to Beirut in October 2010. The two countries signed a cluster of economic agreements during President Ahmadinejad’s visit.

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