Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati met on Wednesday with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in New York in the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.
Raisi said Lebanon proved that resistance is the only means to stop the Israeli regime’s savagery and aggression.
Raisi said Lebanon is at the forefront of resistance against the Israeli regime, referring to the country’s decades-old history of confronting the occupying entity.
“Those, who used to consider that the Zionist regime and its supporters could be confronted through [some] means other than resistance, have realized their mistake, and are changing their [respective] approaches,” Raisi said.
Raisi added that friction is a “lethal poison” for the region and the resistance movement, stressing that, “The resistance’s strategy consists of unity and integrity, [while] the enemy’s strategy consists of [sowing] difference and schism.”
He reiterated that the Islamic Republic supports whatever measure and procedure that could contribute to stability and security in Lebanon.
Raisi urged that formation of a “powerful and authoritative” government was of great strategic significance for Lebanon, highlighting the importance that unity among all Lebanese ethnicities, religious factions, and groups played in bringing about the prospect.
The enemy, the Iranian president concluded, was trying to create the impression that the state of affairs in the region favors the United States and the Israeli regime. This is while normalization of relations between some regional states and the Zionist regime does not contribute to the occupying regime’s security, and even deepens the regional peoples’ antipathy towards Tel Aviv, he added.
For his part, the Lebanese premier Mikati said relationship between Iran and Lebanon was at “a very good” status, saying Beirut had invariably sought to have very favorable ties with Tehran, and expressing his readiness to travel to the Islamic Republic in the near future.