Ahmadinejad Visits Lebanon



By: ELAD BENARI  
Published: October 13th 2010
in News » Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on an official visit Wednesday. Ahmadinejad decided to ride by armored car from Beirut's airport to the Lebanese presidential palace. He was welcomed on the way by cheering masses on the streets who threw rice and flowers in his direction.

 

Ahmadinejad met with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman. Following their meeting, the two headed to the presidential palace's backyard and planted a tree.

 

Ahmadinejad and Suleiman held a press conference, during which Ahmadinejad said: “I feel as though I'm at home, in my homeland among my brothers. Lebanon changed the hostility equation in the region and tilted the balance in favor of its people. We are two peoples that love each other. We have joint interests. The discussions were positive and constructive, and we signed a series of agreements.”

 

He added: “We want Lebanon to be united and strong. We'll stand by it with all our power."

 

Suleiman thanked the Iranian president for his country's support in the face of what he described as “Israeli aggression and the threats being uttered by it,” and added that “states have a right to make use of nuclear capabilities for peaceful purpose, and Iran has this right to, via quiet dialogue and without any threats or violence against it.”

 

Ahmadinejad called on Iranian and Lebanese citizens to “object to the occupation and crimes of the Zionist enemy,” and added: “We back a return by Palestinian refugees to their occupied homeland. We endorse a bitter struggle against Zionist aggression.”

 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted in Haaretz as saying that Ahmadinejad’s Lebanon visit is intentionally provocative. “It is quite clear that he is the bearer of a violent message. He comes to a highly volatile region with the intention to play with fire. It emphasizes that a state within a state has emerged in Lebanon over the last few years, referring obviously to the Hezbollah state. It seems that after he stole votes in Tehran, he is now coming here to steal the whole country.”

 

At the conclusion of the joint press conference with Suleiman, Ahmadinejad said he granted Lebanon an advanced technological device developed by Iranian scientists that is only possessed by six countries in the world. He did not go into details about which device he was referring to or what its capabilities are.



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