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Iran minister in Lebanon, lays wreath at Mughniyeh memorial

BEIRUT: Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Sayyed Ali Hosseini met Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday after arriving in Beirut earlier in the day.

The two talked about the need to talk about bilateral agreements which were drafter in 2011, Hosseini told reporters after meeting with Mikati at the Grand Serail.

The Iranian official arrived at Rafik Hariri International Airport at around 11 a.m. and was met by both Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun and Tehran's envoy to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi.

After talks with Mikati, Hosseini expressed Iranian artists’ willingness to begin collaborating with Lebanese directors and said stressed the need to boost cultural exchange between the two countries.

The Iranian minister, accompanied by a Hezbollah delegation, also visited the memorial site of Imad Mughniyeh, the Lebanese party said in a statement.

Mughniyeh, one of Hezbollah’s senior military commanders who was assassinated in Syria in 2008, was implicated in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Embassy and Marine Barracks in Beirut, as well as an attack on France’s peacekeeping headquarters, which killed more than 350 people. In addition, he was accused of orchestrating the kidnapping of several Westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s.

Hosseini laid a wreath on the memorial site and then later praised Hezbollah and said the Islamic Republic was proud to the Lebanese group, the statement added.

 
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