Top Iranian Official on One-Day Visit to Beirut


The head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council was in Beirut on Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials, As Safir daily reported.

The newspaper said that Ali Shamkhani arrived in Beirut on Monday night. He is expected to hold meetings with several officials during his one-day visit.

His trip comes as an Iranian military commander reportedly claimed that Hizbullah’s missile and drone capabilities have widely improved since the 2006 war with Israel.

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who is the commander of the Iranian army’s aerospace force, said he was aware of Hizbullah’s capabilities in Lebanon.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, Hajizadeh claimed that the Shiite party was at a certain period linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards but it developed to the extent that the country’s army began benefiting from Hizbullah’s capabilities.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of mounting terrorist attacks all around the world.

Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting that the Islamic State and Hamas, as well as other movements, from al-Qaida and Nigeria’s Boko Haram to Somalia’s al-Shabab and Hizbullah, share the goal of imposing militant Islam on the world.

He likened them to “another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago” — Nazism.


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