Ahmadinejad ends visit with meeting Hezbollah chief


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ended his two-day visit to Lebanon on Thursday.

Prior to departing from Lebanon Ahmadinejad met Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Thursday evening.

According to a statement issued by Hezbollah’s media office they met to discuss the latest domestic and regional developments.

The statement added that Nasrallah offered Ahmadinejad a rifle that had been seized from an Israeli soldier.

On Thursday afternoon Ahmadinejad visited south Lebanon. In Bint Jbeil, thousands of men, women and children welcomed him with Iranian, Lebanese and Hezbollah flags.

Hezbollah parliamentary bloc leader MP Mohammed Raad welcomed Ahmadinejad upon his arrival and thanked him for his support. Raad told the crowds: “The Zionist legend was defeated in this region.”

Addressing the participants at the rally Ahmadinejad said you have proved that your jihad is stronger than tanks.

“There’s no doubt that your enemies fear your unity. Unity is the symbol of endurance, steadfastness and victory. We thank God that all the Lebanese had shown a spirit of unity and patience, which allowed them to emerge victorious.” He said

During his yesterday’s meeting with visiting Iranian President at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt called on Iran to continue to maintain contacts with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states to help resolve the tension in Lebanon,” National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL to support his claim.

There are concerns that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to clashes similar to those of the May 7, 2008 events.

Photo: Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (R) meets with Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Thursday. It is worth noting that only the Iranian flag is being shown as representing both the Iranian and Lebanese side