BEIRUT: Iranian official Alaeddine Boroujerdi said Friday his country's support for the resistance was nonnegotiable in the context of ongoing talks over Tehran’s nuclear activities with the West.
“The nuclear negotiations are purely over the nuclear issue and do not include any other item,” Boroujerdi, the head of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told reporters after meeting Salam at the Grand Serail.
“We cannot trade our defense and embrace of the resistance for anything else and this is a solid political policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added, referring to Hezbollah.
Boroujerdi, who arrived in Beirut Thursday following a trip to Damascus, also said that he briefed Salam on the latest developments in talks between Iran and the P5 1.
"Every success achieved by the Islamic Republic of Iran on the international level reflects positively on strengthening security and stability in the region in general,” he said.
He described his meeting with Salam as “very good,” and handed the prime minister a congratulatory letter from the first deputy of the Iranian president on the formation of a new government.
Boroujerdi also said he expressed Tehran’s condemnations of the Israeli raid in the Bekaa earlier this week, emphasizing Iran's “solid stance in supporting sisterly Lebanon, its unity, sovereignty, security and independence, as well as our support for the resistance whether in Syria or Lebanon.”
"We also exchanged views on several issues concerning security developments in Lebanon, and we think such discussion contributes positively to strengthening security here, which is of interest to the Lebanese and the Iranians as well.”
Boroujerdi also said he asked Salam to have his government pay special attention to two cases: the 1982 abduction of Iranian diplomats on Lebanese soil and the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr.
Accompanied by Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Runknabadi, Boroujerdi visited Hezbollah's martyrs’ graveyard and placed a wreath on the grave of slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.
He also visited the grave of Iranian diplomat Radwan Fares who was killed in last November's twin attack against the Iranian Embassy in the Beirut neighborhood in Bir Hasan.
Boroujerdi also visited Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh where he briefed the Lebanese politician on the outcome of his visit to Damascus where he held a series of meetings with Syrian officials.
Speaking to reporters after talks with Berri, Boroujerdi said Lebanese officials were in agreement that the only solution to the crisis in Syria was a political one.
He also said that he spoke with Lebanese officials about the ongoing efforts to combat terrorism in the country, saying Iran would help Lebanon in this regard.