Society & Culture
Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:31
Iran Welcomes Expansion of Cultural Ties with Lebanon
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati expressed the hope that consolidation of Tehran-Beirut cultural ties would pave the ground for the promotion of bilateral relations between the two sides in various fields.

During a meeting with the managing director of Lebanon’s State News Agency (NNA) Laure Sleiman in Tehran on Wednesday, Jannati stressed the importance of the latest news and media technologies.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood with the Lebanese nation to support its unity and territorial integrity, adding that Lebanon has a very special position in Iran’s foreign policy because of its heroic resistance against the Zionist regime in the past decades.

The minister said Lebanon should safeguard all its achievements which have led to the independence of the country.

He further highlighted friendly ties between the two countries regarding both regional and international issues which are based on mutual respect and cooperation.

On need for mutual cooperation between the two news countries, Jannati voiced readiness to expand cultural and artistic relations.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tehran's permanent support for national solidarity and negotiations among different groups in Lebanon.

Zarif made the remarks in separate meetings with a number of senior Sunni and Shiite clerics of Lebanon as well as the Secretary General of the Islamic Action Front who have come to Iran to participate in the International Conference on the Islamic Unity which started on Wednesday morning.

He also referred to the people of Lebanon as a symbol of rapprochement, interaction and coexistence among different religions and tribes, and welcomed the ongoing negotiations between the Hezbollah of Lebanon and its Tayyar Al-Mustaqbal (Future Movement) which started last week.

“Iran’s Foreign policy is based on supporting true essence of Islam and the Palestinian cause without tribal or sectarian inclinations,” Zarif said.

He underscored Tehran’s lasting support for negotiations, mutual understanding and national solidarity in Lebanon, and stressed that Iran would “fight along Lebanese nation and Resistance Movement against any act of Zionists' aggressions, terrorism and extremism”.




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