Iranian Supreme Leader: Lebanese Struggle against Israel must Continue

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's supreme leader insisted that Hizbollah group remain vigilant in its longstanding battle with Israel during talks Tuesday with the head of the group, state radio reported Wednesday. 

Referring to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from south Lebanon on May 24th after a 22-year occupation, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "the recent triumph of the resistance represents the first phase in the battle against the enemy, and Hizbollah must continue on this road with wisdom, planning, and vigilance up until the final victory." 

"The recent victories in south Lebanon have greatly encouraged Palestinian youth in the war against the Zionist regime," Khamenei told Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. 

He also assured the Hizbollah leadership of Iran's "moral support," saying that "the movement is well established and from now on, must make its decisions in complete independence, coupled with wisdom." 

Khamenei stressed that "the liberation of the occupied territories is the main axis in the war against the Zionist regime." 

Sheikh Nasrallah said "the holy war against the Zionist regime will continue until a complete liberation of occupied Lebanese territories as well as the release of all prisoners." 

Sheikh Nasrallah, who arrived in Tehran Tuesday on his first visit to Iran since the Israeli withdrawal, will be meeting various high-ranking officials throughout his stay - TEHRAN (AFP)  

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