Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to the crowds from the sunroof of his SUV upon his arrival in Lebanon on Wednesday. Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed the Iranian President, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade at the start of his visit. AP


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s emphasis on the resistance and consolidation of unity among the Lebanese has outraged Israel, says Iran’s ambassador to Beirut.

President Ahmedinejad arrives Lebanon to fanfare, rose petals and sweets

“President Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon is aimed at fostering unity among the Lebanese and calling all Lebanese to stand beside each other for resistance and that is why Israel is furious and has threatened Lebanon,” Ghazanfar Roknabadi told Lebanon’s al-Jadid TV late Sunday.

What we hear these days is that the Lebanese have welcomed the Iranian president and they courageously responded to Israel’s objection to his upcoming visit, Roknabadi added.

Tel Aviv has been trying to pressure Beirut into canceling President Ahmadinejad’s trip. Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Tel Aviv was “extremely worried” about the Iranian chief executive’s visit.

Earlier on Tuesday, Leader of Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun denounced as “disgraceful and offensive” the US and Israeli objection to the scheduled visit to Beirut by the Iranian president.

“President Ahmadinejad is visiting Lebanon at the invitation of Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and the visit has political and economic dimensions; therefore, a political and economic delegation will accompany him,” IRNA quoted Roknabadi as saying.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (l.) shakes hands with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (r.) upon Ahmadinejad's arrival at the Lebanese Presidential palace, in Baabda east of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 13. Hussein Malla/AP

The Iranian envoy noted that 15 government organizations in Iran and Lebanon are currently examining documents which are to be signed in Lebanon during Ahmadinejad’s trip.

Lebanon's Saad Hariri welcomes Iran's President Ahmedinejad

According to Roknabadi, the Iranian chief executive will meet with the Lebanese from all walks of life.

Angered by Lebanon’s warm reception of Iran’s president and the support of Arab leaders for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit, the White House has called the trip “provocative.”

Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut on Wednesday for a two-day visit to hold talks with senior Lebanese officials and discuss regional issues as well as bilateral relations.

“He (Ahmadinejad) continues his provocative ways, even as he leaves his country in further economic stress and turmoil as a result of his actions that have led to international sanctions that are having a great impact,” DPA quoted White House spokesman Robert Gibbs as saying on Wednesday.

This is while the US and its allies used their influence in the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over allegations that the country is pursuing a military nuclear program.

Iran says its nuclear program is completely peaceful and within the framework of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory. Iranian officials also maintain that sanctions have proven ineffective because of the country’s self-reliance.

Arab countries also welcomed and supported Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said on Wednesday that “God willing, the results of this visit will be met with an equal fervor of respect for Lebanese peace.”

In a phone conversation on Tuesday with the Iranian president, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz described Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon as a significant move and said the expansion of Tehran-Riyadh relations would benefit the entire Muslim world.

In a separate conversation, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad also said on Tuesday that Ahmadinejad’s visit can help bring Lebanese factions closer together.



  1. IH8Zionists on the 15. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    A Jew visiting another Zionist Jew while the other Jews complain wanting him dead. Let’s invade Iran kill them all and then kill all Lebanese Godless bastards.the only ones showin us R the Afghans we met our match.

  2. Earlaiman on the 15. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    A first and major public demonstration of an appeal for Islamic unity and resistance to Zion among “brothers,” Will it spread and continue to develop, or is this just another fruitless bud which will wqhither and die on the vine, never to blossom?

    Of course the Zionists protest! They remember the Story of David, the boy who threw stones!


  3. Dawoodi Morkas on the 15. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Iran has shown resilience and fortitude in the stance against the West to draw down on its nuclear program.

    No nation can be brow beaten. It is a message the West must understand, however feeble the opponent. Afghanistan is a point in study, where the nation which has nothing has made the USA the nation that has every thing in the universe, to come to the negotiation table and offer, the enemy, what ever the Afghans wants just to let them off the hook!!!

    Lebanon is a also such a nation which was made to crawl by the West. It stood up in the shape of the Hezbollah, now the West wants to negotiate with them on the terms of the Hezbollah, Iran has played key role in the fight against the USA in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in Lebanon. Not to mention the Palestinian movement, where the Hamas have given a tough time to the Israelis who have all the gadgets that the USA possesses.

    Iran is being threatened by the USA; however, the war with Iran will also prove to be a turning point in history as the world will see another world power in shape of Iran taking the world arena for its court to address.

  4. Rehmat on the 15. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Iranian President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to South Lebanon, the Hizbullah territory, has scared the hell out of the Zionist regime so much that it has stationed additional Israel Occupation Force (IOF) along the South Lebanon bordering Jewish settlements on land stolen from the Native Muslim and Christian Palestinians.

    Ahmadinejad addressing a large gathering in Southern town of Bint Jbeil which witnessed fierce battles between Hizbullah freedom-fighters and the world’s fourth strongest army (IOF) during July 2006 in which Hizbullah came out victorious – he said: “Hizbullah fighters are heroes that guards Lebanon’s sovereignty. You have proven that no force in the world can beat you. The Resistance of Lebanese nation – born from faith in Allah, can stand up to any Israeli force – planes, tanks and ships. The Zionists planned to destroy this village, but it stood strong against the occupiers. The whole world should know that the Zionists (regime) will eventually disappear and Bint Jbeil will remain alive”.

    “Had not it been for your resistance and heroic steadfastness, it wouldn’t been known if the border between Lebanon and Israel would be liberated now. You have proved that your Jihad is stronger than tanks”.

    “The Resistance of the Lebanese people stems from faith and patience, and today the resisting human has turned into an example to be copied. There is no doubt that your enemy fears your unity. Unity is the symbol of endurance, steadfastness and victory. We thank Allah that all the Lebanese had shown a spirit of unity and patience, which allowed them to come victorious”.

    “Let the world know that the Zionists had planned to attack the glorious Bint Jbeil, believing that this thing would frustrate the Lebanese. I declare here that Bint Jbeil is alive and shall remain, and let the world know that the Zionists (regime) will cease to exist. Today, the occupiers have no choice but to return to their original homelands”.

    During Ahmadinejad’s visit – 17 cooperation agreements were signed between Beirut and Tehran, include cooperation in the oil and gas sector, power generation, commerce and business, construction industry, telecommunications and information technology, higher education, housing, joint investments, and cooperation in science and technology.

    US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s, poodle, P.J.Crowley showed his great concern on Ahmadinejad’s visit and repeated Hillary’s last month warning to Lebanese President: “Iran through Hizbullah, threatens Lebanon’s sovereignty”.

    Hizbullah, a self-funded Islamic Resistance group is the largest social organization in Lebanon. It owns banks, hotels, gas-stations, residential and commercial complexes and TV station – which generate an annual income of over US$180 million. Hizbullah has 14 members in the 128-member Lebanese parliament, leads the Opposition group and have one cabinet minister in pro-West Saad Hariri’s government.

    In addition to Tel Aviv, only Washington and Ottawa have declared Hizbullah as a “terrorist group”.


  5. Debbie on the 15. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    There’s been a complete blackout of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rapturous welcome from tens of thousands of Lebanese, in the US Mainstream Media.

    US-Israel, EU stance on Iran reek of hypocrisy!


  6. D Costa on the 16. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Israel wants to poke its nose into everybody’s business. Why cant Israel and America mind their own business and leave the rest of the world alone to conduct thier buisness.

    It’s lovely to see the Muslim countries get along with one another. God bless all Muslim countries, their presidents, prime ministers, other political and religious leaders and people. They have suffered too long in the hands of Zionist Jews and their western allies who are their blind supporters.

    When the Iranian president came to the US, Jews didnt want him to have a place to stay. Same thing when the preident of Libya visitad the US. But we didnt here Muslims demanding that sort of thing.

    It is too clear who the real vicious people are. They are not Muslims but they are Zionist Israel and Zionist Jews.

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