Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, thanked Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for his regime’s help in fighting what he called “Zionist aggression,” The Times of Israel reported Monday.
Earlier this week, Zarif had met with top Lebanese officials in Beirut, including Nasrallah.
According to Al-Manar TV, a Hezbollah-affiliated broadcaster, Zarif pledged continued Iranian support for Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed terrorist group has an arsenal believed to consist of more than 130,000 rockets that it threatens to use against Israel.
“Nasrallah thanked the Islamic Republic of Iran and its officials and people for what it has offered to Lebanon, Palestine and the region’s resistance movements and peoples in the confrontation against Zionist aggression and takfiri terrorism,” the Al-Manar report stated, according to a translation at the NaharNet website.
Nasrallah added that Iran’s assistance had led to “victories.”
Zarif responded, boasting of Iran’s “firm stance that supports Lebanon and its state, people and resistance.” Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria are often referred to as the “axis of resistance.”
Though often described as a “moderate,” Zarif has been very vocal in his support for the Lebanon-based terror group. In August 2015, Zarif pledged the recently-signed nuclear deal would give Iran, working with Hezbollah, the “historic opportunity” to “fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity.”
In June of the following year, Nasrallah expressed his gratitude to Iran, noting that “Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, are from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He added, “As long as Iran has money, we have money… Just as we receive the rockets that we use to threaten Israel, we are receiving our money. No law will prevent us from receiving it.”
During a 2014 visit to Lebanon, Zarif paid respects at the tomb of terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh. The honoring of a terrorist, who had American blood on his hands, earned Zarif a rebuke from the White House.
“The United States condemns the decision taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to place a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, a former leader of Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans,” a statement from the National Security Council read.
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