Iran says it seeks to strengthen Lebanese army

AP , Sunday 26 Feb 2012

A meeting between Iranian and Lebanese Defence ministers reflects how keen the Tehran regime on strengthening Beirut's army

Iran's defence minister says Tehran's strategic policy aims to strengthen the Lebanese army.

The comments by Gen. Ahmad Vahidi to his visiting Lebanese counterpart, Fayez Ghosn, were posted on the Iranian defence ministry's website Sunday.

Iran is a key supporter of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Tehran denies arming the Shiite militant movement, but is believed to funnel it weapons and millions of dollars in funding.

Ghosn is a member of Marada, a Christian party allied with Hezbollah. Both groups are close to Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad, who is traditionally a major power-broker in Lebanon but faces an 11-months uprising against his rule.

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