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Iran’s Zarif meets Lebanese president
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at3(38).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut on Monday in which they discussed bilateral ties and other issues of mutual interest. 
 
Zarif thanked Suleiman for Beirut’s efforts in apprehending Majid al-Majid, the Saudi national who claimed responsibility for a November attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed 25 people.
 
He died last week, days after his detention by the Lebanese military.
 
Zarif also spoke about the Syrian crisis and called for an end to the violence in the Arab country and underlined that the Geneva II conference, slated for January 22, should focus on finding peaceful solutions to the Syrian turmoil.
 
“Whether Iran is invited to the conference or not, it will continue its efforts to create stability in the Middle East region which will have a positive effect on Lebanon’s developments as well,” Zarif added.
 
Suleiman, for his, stated that Iran’s movements have had positive impacts on regional and international developments.
 
In addition, he underscored the necessity of promoting interaction between Iran and Arab countries and establishing friendly relationships to maintain stability in the Middle East region.
 
During Zarif’s visit to Lebanon, Zarif held separate meetings with Prime Minister-designate Tamam Salam and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri as well.
 
MT/PA 

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