Iranian envoy meets Hrawi: No dialogue with Washington
Lebanon-Iran, Politics, 1/30/1998
Director of Iranian President office Muhammad Ali Abtahi denied having any initiative pertaining to expelling Sheikh Sobhi al-Tufeili from Hizbullah party (Party of the God) on the agenda of his visit to Beirut, but he elaborated that that Iran does not want escalation in this matter.
In a statement to the Lebanese daily as-Safir issued on Thursday, Abtahi said he conveyed a verbal message from Iranian President Khatami to the Secretary General of the Hizbullah Party Hassan Nasrallah voicing support for the Lebanese resistance against the Israeli occupation and praising the sacrifices made by the Hizbullah Party.
Abtahi added the Iranian minister of housing will visit Lebanon later for detailed discussions on bilateral relations, adding that "matters are proceeding well." He stressed that Iranian position concerning the country's foreign policy has not changed, noting no dialogue with the US is looming on the horizon.
He stressed his country's support for the position of Lebanon and Syria, adding that he discussed bilateral relations with the Syrian and Lebanese Presidents. Abtahi added that during his meeting with President Hrawi he stressed that relations between Iran and Lebanon should be through official channels and that substantial bilateral agreements are under study between the two sides.
During his visit to Lebanon Abtahi visited chairman of the higher Shiite council in Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad Mahdi Shamseddine, and the secretary general of the Hizbullah party Sheikh Hussein Nasrallah. Following the two meetings, Abtahi voiced his country's support for the Lebanese resistance and the Hizbullah party in confrontation of the Israeli occupation.
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