Ahmadinejad trip to Lebanon not a good idea: US

The US has raised concerns about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s visit to Lebanon next week.

Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 17:54 PM IST

Beirut: The US has raised concerns about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s visit to Lebanon next week.

US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that Iran is undermining Lebanon`s sovereignty through its association with groups like Hezbollah.

He said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has raised the issue with the Lebanese President.

But Crowley said it`s up to the Lebanese government if Ahmadinejad makes the trip.

Iran is a key supporter of Lebanon`s militant group Hezbollah, believed to funnel it weapons and millions of dollars in funding, though Tehran denies arming the Shi’ite group. Hezbollah, also closely allied to Syria, boasts a heavy arsenal of rockets capable of reaching deep inside Israel.

Bureau Report