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Published: 0542 GMT September 25, 2021

Iran’s FM due in Beirut soon

Iran’s FM due in Beirut soon

The spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is to pay a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, in the near future.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, currently in New York City along with Amir-Abdollahian to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, made the remarks commenting on reports about a probable visit to Lebanon by the Iranian foreign minister.

A new government has been formed in Lebanon, and Tehran and Beirut enjoy close relations, Khatibzadeh said, adding that the visit “will take place at the earliest possible time,” IRNA reported.

However, he added, there is no plan for Amir-Abdollahian’s visit to Lebanon on his way back home from New York.

The Iranian FM is to travel to Beirut to congratulate formation of the new Lebanese government which was made up earlier in September after 13 months of political and financial chaos in that country.

It is the first government coming to power following Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned after Beirut port massive explosion in 2020, which killed over 200 and devastated the capital city.

The new administration is led by Najib Mikati, who served as prime minister from 2011 to 2014.

Lebanon’s new cabinet of 24 ministers headed by Mikati was announced by the president’s office, and later by Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Mahmoud Makkieh.

Speaking to reports on September 10, Prime Minister Mikati pledged people to do everything in his power to halt the country’s dramatic economic collapse.

The new government faces a mammoth task, including undertaking critically needed reforms.

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