1 September 2023

During a visit to Beirut, Iran’s foreign minister told his Lebanese counterpart that Iran-Saudi rapprochement “will have a positive impact on the entire region and Lebanon”, while “any normalisation of relations with the Zionist regime [ie, Israel] will be detrimental to the region”. He further emphasised that “Iranian companies are ready to contribute to solving the electricity problem in Lebanon. We are also ready to hold a joint economic cooperation commission between the two countries in Tehran immediately after the formation of a new government in Lebanon”. Amirabdollahian also met with senior officials from Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as Hezbollah.

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