|Lebanon welcomes Iran’s call for campaign against violence, extremism||
TEHRAN – Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour has welcomed a resolution proposed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calling on countries to launch campaign against violence and terrorism, saying it would help countries adopt a clear policy in combat against terrorism and extremism.
On December 18 the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to adopt the resolution under the name of a World Against Violence And Extremism (WAVE).
During an interview with IRNA published on Friday, Mansour said that no country is safe from the dangers of terrorists if they do not make adequate efforts to combat terrorism.
On Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s planned trip to Lebanon next week, he said he attaches great importance to this trip. He added that issues such as fight against terrorism, the Syrian crisis, and the upcoming Geneva conference aimed at finding a solution to the Syria turmoil will be on the agenda of talks between Zarif and Lebanese officials.
According to Mansour, the Iranian foreign minister is scheduled to hold meetings with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Prime Minister-designate Tamam Salam, as well as himself.
“Today, Iran is a major and active power in the region, and given its influential role in the region it can help settle the current crises,” he noted.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mansour said that Beirut is keen to expand economic and cultural ties with Tehran and expressed dissatisfaction over the low volume of trade between the two countries.
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