BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah discussed an anticipated U.S.-led military strike on Syria with a senior Iranian official, a statement from the Lebanese party said Tuesday.
The talks between Nasrallah and Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy, focused on developments in the region particularly related to Syria and Lebanon.
The short statement said the meeting was also attended by Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ghadanfar Roknabadi. For security reasons, Hezbollah did not say when or where the meeting took place.
On Monday, Boroujerdi warned that a military strike on Syria would engulf the entire region and threaten American and Israeli interests.
It was the latest in a series of stern warnings issued by Iranian and Russian officials against a possible Western military strike on Syria to punish the regime over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
Boroujerdi held talks Tuesday with a series of officials including President Michel Sleiman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati as well as caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour.
In Beiteddine, the president’s summer residence, Sleiman stressed the dangers that could result from a military strike on Syria, a statement from the president’s office said.
Sleiman also renewed “Lebanon’s fundamental principle which calls for non-military intervention while condemning the use of chemical weapons [in Syria].”
Earlier Tuesday, Boroujerdi reiterated his warning that the Jewish state would suffer the most from any military action against Tehran’s ally Syria.
“The first party that will be most affected from an aggression on Syria is the Zionist entity,” he told reporters following talks with Mansour.
He said his views matched with both Mikati and Mansour as to the "need for unity in order to spare the region this anticipated catastrophe.”
He also expressed hope that the U.S. Congress would exercise self-restraint, just like President Barack Obama, and adopt a rational decision “that will avoid problems that could threaten the region.”
Last week, Obama said he would seek the authorization of Congress for a military strike on Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
In response to a question, Boroujerdi slammed U.S. intelligence, accusing it of fabricating evidence of the presence of chemical weapons in Syria.
He said lack of confidence was the key problem between Tehran and Washington.
“The Americans should work to promote a climate of confidence with us by giving up hostile policies against the Iranian people,” he said.
The Iranian official also voiced hope that Saudi Arabia, as a Muslim country in the region, would change its regional policies.