UN coordinator, Iran officials meet over Lebanon

Acting United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel has held meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, during her visit to Tehran.

A representative of the office of Kardel said Monday that the talks came as part of regular regional consultations focused on the significance of preserving Lebanon’s stability, security and sovereignty, and shielding the country from regional conflicts.

During her visit to Tehran, the UN coordinator met Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian parliament speaker’s special adviser on international affairs, Iran’s Fars news agency reported Sunday.

According to the report, Kardel told the former deputy foreign minister that her mission in Lebanon is to help to establish and maintain the country’s stability.

Ensuring this stability for a long term is a central interest of the UN’s operations in the Arab country, he said.

She also emphasized the significance of keeping Lebanon out of any regional crisis, saying that the region’s countries should collaborate to achieve it.

Also in her remarks, the UN official touched on the Lebanese parliamentary elections held on May 6, which were the first to be held in the country in nine years, describing them as an achievement for Lebanon.

For his part, Amir-Abdollahian expressed relief over the success of the general elections in Lebanon.

“Luckily and through the wisdom of Lebanese officials, we are witnessing a phase of calm, stability and agreement among the political movements in the country,” he said.

He also expressed Iran’s readiness to expand economic ties with Lebanon, while stressing the significant role that the resistance plays in enhancing the country’s defense capabilities.

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