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Lebanese govt. rebukes interior minister over Iran comments
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Machnouk99.jpgLebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said on Friday that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk’s recent statement about Iran does not reflect the position of the Lebanese government. 
Salam also expressed keenness to maintain ties with Iran, the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, said, according to the Daily Star. 
Iran protested Friday against Machnouk's recent comments in which he blamed Syrian and Iranian interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs for a wave of violence that has hit the country in recent months.
On Friday, Ambassador Roknabadi submitted an official complaint to Salam over Machnouk's comments, which were made during the Arab Interior ministers gathering in southern Morocco’s Marrakesh earlier this week.
The ambassador also held talks with President Michel Sleiman over the matter at Baabda Palace, where Sleiman voiced similar assurances.
According to Sleiman’s office, the president said such stances "do not reflect the viewpoint of the Lebanese state, and that Lebanon was keen on having the best ties with Iran on the basis of mutual interest and respect and noninterference in the states' affairs.”
“Bilateral lines of communication can resolve such problems when they occur,” Sleiman told Roknabadi.

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