Iran'S Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that unity among different Lebanese ethnic groups is the key to Lebanon's salvation and progress. "The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that power of all Lebanese groups should be at the service of the country's national unity to counter the danger of the Zionist regime," Ayatollah Khamenei told visiting Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and his accompanying delegation.
The Supreme Leader, lauding Suleiman's stances in support of Islamic resistance and also his efforts to establish national unity and maintain national identity of the Lebanese army, said that Iran will always side with Lebanon and it is hoped that the talks held during the visit will further promote bilateral relations.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that Lebanon enjoys high significance despite its small geographical limits. "An instance of this is "exemplary" co-existence of different religious groups in Lebanon," added Khamenei, according to IRNA.
The Iranian leader said another instance of such a significance of Lebanon is the historical victory of the Lebanese people over the Zionist regime. "Over the past 60 years, none of the Muslim and Arab states have been able to face the Zionist regime but people in Lebanon managed to break this myth and drive the Israeli army out of their soil," noted Khamenei.
Underlining unity in Lebanon as the main factor of victory over the Zionist regime, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Inter-factional dialogue underway in Lebanon, headed by the president, is positive because Lebanon's bright prospect depends on national unity.