Iranian minister reiterates arms aid offer to Lebanon army

14:10, August 30, 2010      

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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday that the Islamic Republic is ready to supply Lebanon army with arms, local English language satellite Press TV reported.

"Lebanon and its army are our friends and the country needs military equipment to defend its borders against Israel," Vahidi told Press TV on Sunday.

"Some countries that want to have control over Lebanon have announced they will not provide Beirut with military equipment. I say we are ready to supply the Lebanese army with everything it requires," Vahidi was quoted as saying.

On Wednesday, Vahidi said that Iran is fully prepared to provide Lebanese army with cutting-edge military equipment if it receives any request from Lebanon for equipping their army.

On Tuesday, the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah proposed the Lebanese government should seek military assistance from friendly country of Iran.

Nasrallah's remarks came after the United States suspended the 100-million-dollar aid to the Lebanese army following a deadly border clash earlier this month that left three Lebanese soldiers and one Israeli military officer dead.

Source: Xinhua


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