Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beirut on Tuesday for a two-day visit to discuss issues including a "new plan" to end the crisis in Syria, and met with Hezbollah’s grand leader Hassan Nasrallah in Lebanon's Shiite majority south, a spokesman told Iran's official news agency IRNA.
Iran is one of the strongest supporters of Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
According to Lebanese media, Zarif and Nasrallah discussed the latest regional and international developments and Iran-Lebanon bilateral relations. Zarif also met Hassan Nasrallah on his previous trip to Lebanon last year.
According to the Lebanese Daily Star news website, Zarif also met some Lebanese officials including the Lebanese prime minister and defence minister on Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday, Zarif met the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, and Lebanon's foreign minister. According to the Daily Star, Berri said Iran was playing a positive role in Lebanon.
After he ended his visit to Lebanon, Zarif arrived at Damascus on Wednesday for negotiations with the Syrian government over a plan to end the Syrian crisis. “Details of the plan will be revealed after discussions with the Syrian government in Damascus," Marzieh Afkham, an Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman, told IRNA.
On August 5 last week, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al Moualem met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran for talks to discuss a solution to the Syrian crisis.