Iran says it seeks to strengthen Lebanese Army

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 20:20

Tehran: Iran`s defence minister says it is
Tehran`s strategic policy to strengthen the Lebanese army.

The comments by Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to his visiting
Lebanese counterpart, Fayez Ghosn, were posted on the Iranian
defense ministry`s website on Monday.

Iran is a key supporter of the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Tehran denies arming the Shia militant movement, but is
believed to funnel it weapons and millions of dollars in

Ghosn is a member of Marada, a Christian party allied
with Hezbollah. Both groups are close to Syria`s embattled
President Bashar Assad, who is traditionally a major
power-broker in Lebanon but faces an uprising against his

Tehran may be trying to strengthen its independent ties
in Lebanon if Assad falls.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 20:20

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