BEIRUT: Tripoli MP Mohammad Kabbara urged Monday Lebanon’s Cabinet to file a complaint with Iran over recent statements by Iranian officials suggesting that Lebanon is Iran’s "first line of defense."
Kabbara said the government should summon Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi and inform him of Lebanon's objection to the statement by Yahya Safavi, a senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader.
Savafi described south Lebanon over the weekend as Iran’s first line of defense, an Iranian News Agency reported over the weekend.
"Our frontmost line of defense is no more in Shalamcheh [in Southern Iran]; rather this line is now on Southern Lebanon['s border] with Israel, as our strategic depth has now stretched to the Mediterranean coasts and just to the North of Israel," he was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
Kabbara also warned against the gravity of the “Persian plot in Lebanon” and said Iran seeks “to occupy the Lebanese shore.”
President Michel Sleiman also criticized the statement during the Dialogue session, saying such comments “contradict Lebanon’s sovereignty.”
“I will contact Iranian authorities to get a clarification over such reports,” the president said.