Hezbollah chief: Iran has proven to be ‘sincere ally’ in difficult times
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has thanked Iran for helping Lebanon weather its economic crisis, saying the Islamic Republic has proven to be a “sincere ally” in difficult times.
“Iran has proven that it is a sincere ally and a loyal friend that does not let its allies down no matter how difficult the situations are,” Nasrallah said during a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
Amir-Abdollahian also reaffirmed Iran’s support for Lebanon, adding that Tehran stands with Beirut on every level.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed several issues, including the latest political developments in Lebanon and the region, according to a Friday statement by Hezbollah.
Lebanon has been mired in a deep economic and financial crisis since late 2019. The crisis is the gravest threat to the country’s stability since the 15-year civil war ended in 1990.
The economic and financial crisis is mostly linked to the sanctions that the United States and its allies have imposed on Lebanon as well as foreign meddling in the Arab nation’s domestic affairs.
In August, while the Arab country was suffering from crippling fuel shortages, Nasrallah announced the import of Iranian fuel.
The third tanker carrying Iranian fuel has already reached Syria to be transferred to neighboring Lebanon.
Iran has also expressed readiness to sell fuel directly to the Lebanese government.
In another meeting in Lebanon, Amir-Abdollahian told representatives of Palestinian factions and groups at the Iranian embassy that the Zionists cannot have a good night’s sleep because of the Palestinian resistance.
He said the fact that high walls are still being erected around the occupied territories “shows that the resistance is advancing with strength and that the Zionists cannot have a good night’s sleep.”
Referring to his meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York last month, the Iranian foreign minister said he told the UN chief that the Palestinian issue is a vital issue and that Iran does not recognize the Zionist regime.