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Lebanese leader visits Iran

Tehran, Oct 13, IRNA - Visiting Leader of Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) Party Michel Aoun said on Monday that Iran has not offered any help to Lebanon's enemies and Iran always supports national unity in Lebanon.

Aoun, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran Sunday to review issues of mutual interest with senior Iranian officials. During his five-day stay, Aoun is to meet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani.

In a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Lebanon's former president Aoun said that Iran helps Lebanon deal with problems.

He added that his talks with the Iranian officials will focus on the political and security developments in the region.

The Lebanese leader hoped that the two sides will continue talks on adopting unified policy on serving nations in the region as well as their own national interests.

Appreciating bilateral talks, the foreign minister called Michel Aoun as an influential leader among Lebanese Christians.

He added that Tehran and Beirut follow the same interest and concerns.

Mottaki reiterated that those trans-regional states impose their ideas on the Middle East nations following their own illegitimate goals.

Meanwhile, they don't have right to criticize the regional states for developing friendship, he said.

Iran, most powerful regional country: Aoun
Michel Aoun said on Monday that Iran is the most powerful country in the region. The visiting Aoun made the remark in a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

He said several Lebanese groups had criticized him for visiting the Islamic Republic, adding that Iran is a friendly country to the Lebanese nation.

Asked whether his trip to Iran would melt the existing ice between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Lebanese Christian groups, Aoun reiterated that there is no ice between the two sides.

He said that there is deep friendship between Iran and the Lebanese nation.

Prior to his departure, Aoun told IRNA that his visit is aimed at bolstering ties with the Mideast states.

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