Fathali presents his credentials to Bassil at the Foreign Ministry, Wednesday May 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Mohammad Fathali, Iran's newly appointed ambassador to Lebanon, said upon arrival to Beirut Wednesday that he considered Lebanon a friendly country, and was looking forward to establishing bilateral relations.Fathali replaces Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi, whom he thanked at the airport for the "unremitting and serious effort" he exerted in Lebanon, and his work in reinforcing bilateral relations between the two countries.Fathali, a Middle East expert, had served as a Foreign Ministry economic adviser and Iran's ambassador to Uzbekistan. Roknabadi made farewell visits Tuesday to Speaker Nabih Berri and Bassil. He served as Iranian ambassador to Lebanon for four years.
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