Beirut: Iranian leader Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah who
offered him a weapon that had been seized from an Israeli
soldier, the Shiite militant group said.
The two men met yesterday at the Iranian embassy in
Beirut at the end of Ahmadinejad`s controversial two-day visit
to Lebanon during which he toured the country`s southern
border with Israel in a show of defiance against the Jewish
Hezbollah said in a statement that Ahmadinejad and
Nasrallah had discussed the Iranian leader`s "historic" visit.
It added that in a gesture of gratitude and loyalty
Nasrallah offered Ahmadinejad the personal weapon of an
Israeli soldier which had been seized during Hezbollah`s
devastating 2006 war with the Jewish state.
Ahmadinejad`s visit underscored Iran`s reach in
Lebanon through its proxy Hezbollah, the most powerful
military and political force in the country.
But the visit was denounced by the United States and
Israel as well as members of Lebanon`s pro-Western
parliamentary majority who described it as a provocation and a
bid to portray Lebanon as an "Iranian base on the