The Persians have a saying, that “a doctor must first cure his own balding head”. The phrase refers to the human propensity of preaching virtues to others, while personally disregarding them. This idiom seemed particularly applicable to Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who stirred up a storm during his recent visit to Beirut, when he cheekily remarked that sanction-hit Iran was willing to provide military and economic aid to the Lebanese state.
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarid said that his country is ready to cooperate with the new Lebanese government, offering support in all sectors. Speaking to reporters at Beirut’s airport upon arriving in Beirut on a two-day visit, Zarif noted that his visit is aimed at showing solidarity with Lebanon and relaying Iran's readiness to provide assistance at all levels.