Iran Assistant FM: We are Committed to Consolidating Ties with Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Iran’s assistant FM for Arab and African affairs Hussein Jaber Ansari and his accompanying delegation at the Baabda Palace. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Iran’s assistant FM for Arab and African affairs Hussein Jaber Ansari and his accompanying delegation at the Baabda Palace. (Dalati & Nohra)
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Iran Assistant FM: We are Committed to Consolidating Ties with Lebanon

Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Iran’s assistant FM for Arab and African affairs Hussein Jaber Ansari and his accompanying delegation at the Baabda Palace. (Dalati & Nohra)
Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Iran’s assistant FM for Arab and African affairs Hussein Jaber Ansari and his accompanying delegation at the Baabda Palace. (Dalati & Nohra)

Iran’s assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African affairs Hussein Jaber Ansari reiterated his country’s determination to “consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations and constructive cooperation with Lebanon in various fields,” praising the country’s stance against terrorism.

On Monday, Ansari began an official visit to Lebanon by meeting with President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Democratic Gathering MP Walid Jumblat.

During his talks with Aoun at the Baabda presidential palace, in the presence of Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Mohamed Fath Ali and members of the accompanying delegation, Ansari welcomed Lebanon’s efforts to reach peaceful solutions that would restore security and stability to war-shaken Arab countries. He underlined in this regard the importance of dialogue and negotiations in Astana to end the crisis in Syria.

The Lebanese president told the Iranian official that Beirut’s position was steadfast in terms of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs, highlighting national support for the army in its war against terrorism.

Aoun commended bilateral relations between his country and Iran, stressing the importance of strengthening them in all fields. He also conveyed his greetings to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and promised to accept the official invitation to visit Tehran.

The Iranian official delivered to Aoun Rouhani’s greetings and his keenness to develop bilateral cooperation in various economic and trade fields. He also congratulated him on the success of the Lebanese army in expelling armed militants from the eastern borders.

In a separate meeting, Ansari discussed with Berri latest developments in Lebanon and the region.

“Two main tasks were entrusted to the Iranian foreign ministry by President Rouhani for the next stage: the first and fundamental task is to expand relations with Arab countries, and the second is to strengthen economic relations with the countries of the region,” Ansari stated.



Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
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Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government "does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins," the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza's al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas fighters stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel says its campaign is intended to eliminate Hamas as a threat and free the remaining hostages.