Lebanon president Michel Suleiman met with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani and both leaders stressed on the necessity to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, National News Agency reported on Sunday.
Suleiman returned to Beirut after meeting with Rowhani and attending the new Irani head of state’s oath before parliament.
An Nahar Newspaper reported that Suleiman heads to Tehran to participate in the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Iranian president ,
He was accompanied by a small official delegation which will include caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Samir Mokbel and Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour.
Suleiman’s trip comes after the presidential palace was targeted in a rocket attack last Thursday night following his speech at the army day ceremony in which he criticized Hezbollah’s role in defending the Syrian regime.
“It has become urgent to study a defense strategy especially that the resistance’s arms have gone beyond Lebanon’s borders”. He said. Hezbollah is usually referred to as the resistance.
“The army’s mission would be impossible if a party or more from Lebanese people get involved in wars outside Lebanon ”, Suleiman stressed in another reference to the thousands of Hezbollah fighters who have been fighting alongside the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar against the rebels seeking to end his family’s four-decade rule.
Hezbollah was established by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and without Tehran’s strong backing the Syrian regime may have collapsed long time ago according to observers.