Lebanon asks Iran if Revolutionary Guards are on its soil

By REUTERS
September 17, 2012 18:31

 
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BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Suleiman asked Iran on Monday for a formal assurance that its Revolutionary Guards, who helped found the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon 30 years ago, have no presence there now, the president's office said.

He made the unusual request in a meeting with Iranian ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi, a day after an Iranian commander said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had forces in neighboring Syria supplying non-military aid to Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is battling an 18-month-old uprising.

Roknabadi denied media reports that the IRGC had also sent forces to Lebanon, but the president nonetheless asked the Iranian authorities for an official clarification as to whether the IRGC was present in Lebanon, Suleiman's office said.

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