Middle East

In Beirut, Iran’s Zarif says up to Lebanon to decide future government

BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Lebanese should be the only party who should decide their future government, Iran’s Foreign Minster Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday in Beirut.

Speaking after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, he said Iran and private Iranian companies are ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction after the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut last week, and with the rehabilitation of the electricity sector.

The government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, which had the support of the Iranian-aligned Hezbollah, resigned in the wake of the explosion.


Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Toby Chopra

Image: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe wear protective face masks as they stand at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

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