In a statement from Nasrallah read at the ceremony, he thanked Iran for its support of Hizbullah's fight against Israel and expressed the hope that one day the Shiite group would change the face of the Middle East.
Nasrallah also thanked the Iranians for "25 years of support and aid for the Hizbullah organization and its warriors in southern Lebanon." He also mentioned Israel, and said his group had won "two big triumphs" against "the most equipped armed forces in the region".
The IDF, Nasrallah wrote, "is considered an undefeatable army, but thanks to the Lebanese resistance it became a worldwide model of failure." He also claimed that "Iran's support was always the main factor in the victories and it always will be."
Nasrallah also heaped praise on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and said that with his support "the victories of 2000 and 2006 were achieved." He was referring to the withdrawal of IDF forces from Lebanon in 2000 and the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
Iran is one of the top-listed terror supporters in the world, and is a well-known backer of Hizbullah. However the Islamic Republic claims the support is merely political and spiritual, and has denied claims of weapons sales to the group.