TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In a phone conversation with Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday, Rouhani added that Tehran and Beirut have a “very friendly and growing” relationship.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always called for the safeguarding of peace and stability in regional countries, including Lebanon,” he said.
The Lebanese people have managed to settle their major problems through national unity, the Iranian president said.
He expressed confidence that the Lebanese people would thwart the “new plot” against the country through their wisdom, in reference to the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Rouhani emphasized that the Lebanese people would not allow others to turn their country into a battlefield for “the clash of foreign powers” and a chance for the return of terrorists.
Hariri announced his resignation in a televised statement from Riyadh on Saturday, citing many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he sensed a plot being hatched against his life.
Hariri accused Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement of meddling in Arab countries’ affairs, an allegation the two have repeatedly denied.
The surprise announcement has sparked a new political crisis at home in Lebanon, fueling speculations that the premier had been forced by the Riyadh regime into stepping down.
The Lebanese president on October 31 stressed Iran’s significant role in the Middle East, saying the Islamic Republic is a regional power and part of the solution to the region’s woes.
Aoun emphasized that Iran played an influential role in helping resolve regional crises.
Lebanese nation vigilant about new developments: Aoun
Aoun, for his part, said the Lebanese people are vigilant about the new developments in the country despite the ongoing difficult situation.
Despite some efforts aimed at hatching a plot in Lebanon, the country enjoys complete calm, the Lebanese president added.