Iran to extend military aid to Lebanon: Official

Xinhua News Agency — Sept 30, 2014

Iran will provide military assistance to Lebanon, visiting Iranian high-ranking official said here on Tuesday.

Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s head of Supreme National Security Council, made these remarks after talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, saying that the assistance includes military equipment to help Lebanon’s fight against militants.

He said that the details will be announced during an upcoming visit by Lebanese Vice Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel to Tehran.

During his one-day visit to Beirut, Shamkhani also visited House Speaker Nabih Berri. Their discussion focused highly on the regional situation as well as the Iranian aid to the military.

Following the meeting, the Iranian official described the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and terrorism as “infected and fake.”

He said the west and its alliances supported and strengthened terrorism and then tried to strike it now in a fake manner.

Lebanon has called on the international community to provide the army with necessary equipment to continue its fight against terrorism.

Early in August, militants from Al-Qaida-linked “al-Nusra Front ” invaded the border town of Arsal and clashed with the army. After five days, the militants took up to 35 army soldiers and Internal Security Forces (ISF) personnel as hostages.

The militants are demanding the government to release their fellow militants held in Lebanese jails in exchange for the abducted soldiers and ISF personnel.

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