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The Political Crisis in Lebanon

Monday, December 24, 2007

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said achieving a national consensus is the key to ending the political crisis in Lebanon.

Mottaki stated that Lebanese political factions have reached a mutual understanding for electing a new president raising hopes that the long-running crisis is about to end.

He added that the direct meddling of the US president in Lebanon's political affairs was an obvious insult to the Lebanese nation and political leaders.

Mottaki said the Lebanese nation would never overlook the White House support of the Zionist regime during the 33-day war launched by Israel on Lebanon in 2007.

He said that Beirut had opened a new chapter in Middle Eastern history by standing up to the Zionists.

Mottaki reiterated the necessity for all Lebanese political parties to unite in order to overcome the country's domestic political issues.

Mottaki concluded by noting that the Islamic Republic believes the solution to the Lebanese issue requires keeping the influence of the Americans out of the country.

The Islamic Republic holds the conviction that the question of Lebanon can only be resolved if the nation prevents the US from meddling in its internal affairs.

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