Hezbollah’s Nasrallah meets Ahmadinejad in Damascus


Mideast Syria IranThe head of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement traveled to Damascus for talks with allies Syria and Iran, the SANA news agency said Friday.

Hassan Nasrallah attended a dinner banquet in Damascus Thursday hosted by President Bashar al-Assad in honor of his visiting Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the official agency said.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television in Lebanon reported that Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad met to discuss “the latest developments in the region, and Zionist threats against Lebanon and Syria.”

Assad and Ahmadinejad signed a visa-scrapping accord in Damascus on Thursday, signaling even closer ties and brushing aside US efforts to drive a wedge between the two allies.

nasrallah assad ahmadinejad 022510 2Since the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel that devastated Lebanon and resulted in more than 1200 Lebanese deaths ( mostly civilians) , Nasrallah has seldom left his Lebanese stronghold and has made few public appearances.

With an Israeli death threat hanging over him, the Hezbollah chief has even avoided religious or political gatherings in Lebanon, and his televised speeches have been taped or broadcast from secret locations.

Iran and Syria are the main backers of Hezbollah, the only militia that has kept its military arsenal since the end of Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war.