Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the second day of his state visit to Lebanon, is in southern Lebanon.
At a series of meetings with Lebanese leaders, Ahmadinejad has already pledged support for “a strong and unified Lebanon” and said that Iran would “surely help the Lebanese nation against animosities, mainly staged by the Zionist regime” as he calls Israel.
His visit is widely seen as provocative and the Israeli spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Minister was quick to express concern.
Mark Regev said: “Iran’s domination of Lebanon through its proxy Hezbollah, has destroyed any chance for peace, has turned Lebanon into an Iranian satellite state and made Lebanon a hub for regional terror and instability.”
Ahmadinejad’s agenda includes delivering a speech at Bint Jbeil, four kilometres from the Israeli border, and a visit to the so-called “martyr village” of Cana, where during conflicts with Israel, 105 civilians died in 1996 and a further 29 (including 16 children) died in 2006.