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.
Zarif said that his country is waiting for Lebanon to show a desire to accept its military assistance, a few days after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah offered to play a mediation role by asking Iran to supply the Lebanese military with weapons and aerial defense systems to confront Israeli warplanes.
"We always have this type of readiness and we announced on other occasions that this tendency exists in Iran but we are waiting for this desire to exist on the Lebanese side," the Iranian FM said.
Zarif will be holding talks with Lebanon's top officials on Monday, including Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as well as representatives of certain Lebanese parties and Palestinian factions.