On the second day of his visit to Lebanon, Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with the leader of Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah on Friday.
Reports by semi-official sources did not reveal many details about the meeting, except that the two sides praised one another and their mutual cooperation.
Amir-Abdollahian pledged full support for Lebanon, which is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis. Iran recently shipped fuel to alleviate a serious shortage in Lebanon, but beyond that Tehran itself faces an economic crisis mainly because of US sanctions.
Nasrallah thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran for standing next to Lebanon and the “resistance forces”, a reference to Tehran’s allies and proxies in the region.
“Iran has proven that it is an honest and faithful friend, who does not leave its friends alone no matter how difficult circumstances might be,” the Hezbollah leader said.
Hezbollah, with overwhelming influence in Lebanon in the last decade, and traditional Lebanese politicians are blamed for the economic crisis that ensued in 2019, by repeated political deadlocks and factional discord.