Wed, 23 Sep 2020

BEIRUT, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced here on Friday that private Iranian companies, not only the government, are open to cooperation with Lebanon in all fields, LBCI local TV channel reported.

Zarif arrived in Beirut on Thursday evening in a visit of solidarity with Lebanon. His remarks came following his meeting with Lebanese caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Charbel Wehbe.

Zarif affirmed the firm and permanent stance of Iran about Lebanon's capacity to make decisions regarding its future, stressing that Iran stands by the free options that Lebanese take.

"Lebanon is the only party authorized to decide in this area," noted Zarif, adding that no foreign parties should take advantage of the tragic situation to impose their policies.

The two officials also discussed the potential of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of reconstruction, power generation and medical support.

Lebanon's capital Beirut witnessed two huge explosions on Aug. 4, which killed at least 177 people and wounding 6000.

The explosions pose a great challenge while the country is already facing its worst economic crisis in its history, prompting delegations from different countries to visit Lebanon and offer support in different fields.

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