Suleiman (L) with Ahmadinejad (archives)
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'Settlement an illusion.' Qassem
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Lebanon says will coordinate UN activity with Iran

President Suleiman tells visiting Iranian VP countries must cooperate in efforts to influence Security Council. Hezbollah deputy chief: Israel needs peace process to annex lands, extend occupation

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman told visiting Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi that the two countries must coordinate their positions within the UN Security Council, Lebanese newspaper An Nahar's website reported Saturday.


Lebanon was among the five countries elected to the United Nations Security Council in October.


"The Iranian official conveyed President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad's appreciation for President Suleiman's efforts to strengthen the atmosphere of consensus in Lebanon and emphasized President Ahmadinejad's full support for the unity, sovereignty and independence of Lebanon and its territory," a statement released by Suleiman's office said.


Suleiman described the Lebanese-Iranian relations as "good on all aspects," and asked Rahimi to convey his regards to the Iranian president along with his wishes of "prosperity and stability to the Iranian people," according to An Nahar.


Meanwhile, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem called for "the adoption of the resistance option, because it is the best choice for liberating the land."


In a lecture at the Lebanese University's Faculty of Science, Qassem said, "The (peace) settlement is an illusion that won't lead to any results, but rather would squander what is left of our land because Israel needs the peace process to annex lands and extend occupation."


"The resistance is not a local, regional, or international political tactic. It is not a part of deals among nations, and not a negotiation tool for political gains … and it will persist because it is a part of Lebanon's strength," said Qassem. 


פרסום ראשון: 01.16.10, 18:33
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