Iran's Foreign Minister in Lebanon
Beirut, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets on Friday with several Lebanese officials, at the beginning of an unexpected visit.
Zarif discusses about the explosions in the Beirut port, ongoing Iranian aid and other bilateral issues, a note from the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs states without specifying with which figures the visitor will meet.
According to reports, the August 4 explosions in the Beirut port killed 178 people and injured more than 6,500.
Zarif's presence in Lebanon coincides with the visit of US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, and comes after a planned trip by Irani Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was cancelled.
Jahangiri had expected to arrive in Beirut on Monday, but the trip was called off after Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government.
France, the United States and Gulf countries are pressing to rapidly form a government of presumed national unity in Lebanon that excludes Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement, the latter founded by President Michel Aoun.
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