Following the meeting, Ahmadinejad thanked his hosts: “I would like to thank everyone, and especially the Lebanese people who came out to welcome their brothers. They showcased Lebanon's power and we thank them for that. I feel as though I'm at home, in my homeland among my brothers.”
Turning his attention to the Iran-Lebanon relationship, Ahmadinejad said: “Lebanon changed the hostility equation in the region and tilted the balance in favor of its people. We are two peoples that love each other. We have joint interests. The discussions were positive and constructive, and we signed a series of agreements.”
“We want Lebanon to be united and strong,” he said. “We'll stand by it with all our power.” Ahmadinejad ended his joint press conference with Suleiman with a “surprise.” He said he granted Lebanon an advanced technological device developed by Iranian scientists that is only possessed by six countries in the world. For the time being, he did not say which device he was referring to.
Meanwhile, Suleiman thanked the Iranian president for his country's support “in the face of Israeli aggression and the threats being uttered by it,” and also for “rebuilding Lebanon following the July war.” The Lebanese president added: “We emphasized that states have a right to make use of nuclear capabilities for peaceful purpose, and Iran has this right to, via quiet dialogue and without any threats or violence against it.”
As usual, the Iranian leader made sure to slam Israel, saying both Iranians and Lebanese “object to the occupation and crimes of the Zionist enemy. We object to all the acts of aggression undertaken by the Zionist entity,” he said. “We back a return by Palestinian refugees to their occupied homeland. We endorse a bitter struggle against Zionist aggression.”
Posted on October 14, 2010
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