Lebanese group accuses Iran of interfering in domestic affairs

09:58, October 14, 2010      

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Lebanese pro-Western March 14 Alliance issued an open letter to the visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which it accused the Iranian president of attempting to interfere in Lebanese domestic affairs, local An Nahar newspaper reported on its website Wednesday.

The letter said the Lebanese group Hezbollah takes its strength from Iran and abuses it against the others.

Secretariat-general of the March 14 Alliance demanded Ahmadinejad to try to persuade Hezbollah to enter the confines of the state, and hoped the visit would "support our sovereign and independent country as well as our way of life."

Furthermore, it voiced its concerns over the emergence of a " Shiite issue" in Lebanon and the Middle East as a result of "your tendency to place your hand on the Shiite population of some Arab countries, including Lebanon."

Ahmadinejad on Wednesday started his first visit to Lebanon since assuming office. He was warmly welcomed by the Lebanese people, most of whom were Shiite people mobilized by Iran- supported Hezbollah.

On the contrary, the pro-Western group was worried that his visit could boost Hezbollah's influence in the country, and turned Lebanon into an Iranian front line against Israel.

Source: Xinhua


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