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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#ThanksObama Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif meets Hezbullah's Nasrallah in Beirut - UPDATED

Now that Iran doesn't have the United States to counterbalance it, the Mullahcracy is doing all the things it always wanted to do - like Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting openly with Hezbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah for the first time since 2010. This is from the first link.
Sayyed Nasrallah received Dr. Zarif and the associating delegation, said a statement released by Hezbollah Media Relations, adding that the meeting was attended by the Iranian ambassador in Lebanon Mohammad Fatahali.
Hezbollah S.G. and Zarif discussed latest developments in Lebanon and the region, the statement said.
The meeting also tackled efforts aimed at finding solutions to the current crises in several countries, as well as the outcomes of the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the world powers last month in Vienna, the statement added.
Actually, it's more like Lebanon is being treated as an Iranian vassal state. An impressive array of Lebanese politicians is lining up to meet with Zarif.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beirut on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of coordination among the countries in the region to face challenges.
He said: “We hope that the nuclear deal will pave the way to opening a new chapter of ties between countries in the region.”
He made his remarks upon his arrival at Rafik Hariri International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
He emphasized that his talks with Lebanese officials will tackle cooperation between Beirut and Tehran.
“We are in great need of dialogue and cooperation to confront regional challenges,” added the foreign minister.
Earlier, media reports said that he will stress to Lebanese officials that Tehran's stance towards Syria and Hizbullah has not changed.
Diplomatic sources told al-Joumhouria daily that Zarif will send a clear message to the parties claiming Iran will turn its back on Syria and Hizbullah that Tehran continues to back its allies in the region.
Many critics have said that a nuclear deal signed between Iran and major powers in Vienna last month will lead to a change in the Iranian stance.
During his two-day official visit, Zarif is scheduled to meet with Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
It was not clear if the Iranian Foreign Minister would also visit Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh.
 Hussein Obama's dream come true - Iran is behaving like a regional power. What could go wrong? #ThanksObama.

UPDATE 11:51 AM

Israeli media reports what they discussed.  Can you guess?
The Iran nuclear deal presents an “historic opportunity” to combat Israeli “threats,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a Tuesday meeting in Beirut, Hezbollah’s al-Manar television station said Wednesday. 
“Zarif said from Beirut that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers created a historic opportunity to [sic] for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity,” al-Manar reported.
Along with the Syrian regime, the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah is funded by Iran. Hezbollah has dispatched thousands of fighters to support embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad in the country’s five-year civil war.
Ah yes, greetings from the 'Zionist entity'....

Zarif is headed for Damascus later today where they have quite a greeting waiting for him.
Rebels fired dozens of rockets at central Damascus on Wednesday, a monitor and state media said, ahead of an expected visit to the Syrian capital by Iran's foreign minister.

The bombardment killed at least one person and injured more than 20 others, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was expected to head for Damascus from Beirut later in the day, according to Iranian state media. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said he would be discussing a new plan to resolve the war.
I can think of one thing that might go a long way in 'resolving the war.' A well-aimed rebel rocket that kills both Assad and Zarif.

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