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Hezbollah leader praises 'greatness' of Iranians

The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah has congratulated Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for being re-elected to a second term in office saying the wide participation in the vote proves to the world "the greatness of the (Iranian) people and the Islamic rule."

 

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's comment came in a letter sent to Rouhani Saturday in which he praised the "freedom and sovereignty that the Iranian people enjoy in a region where people are mostly ruled by dictatorial regimes."

 

Nasrallah was apparently referring to gulf Arab nations that list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

 

Iran is the main backer of Hezbollah and has been financing and arming the militant group since it was founded in the early 1980s.