US expresses concern to Beirut over Ahmadinejad visit

Last month, Clinton met Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, telling him that Iran, through Hizbullah, was threatening Lebanon's sovereignty.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
October 5, 2010 22:38
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US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley.

pj crowley 311. (photo credit: AP)

The US has expressed concern to the Lebanese government over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's scheduled upcoming visit to Lebanon, US State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley said, AFP reported Tuesday.

Crowley said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman last month, telling him that Iran, through Hizbullah, threatens Lebanon's sovereignty.

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On Monday, diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said that Lebanon, not Israel, would be the party to suffer most from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled visit next week to southern Lebanon.

“Lebanon is the primary victim, and if it wants to stop slipping into the jaws of the Iranian crocodile, it – and the moderate Arab world – should raise a strong voice and say this provocateur is not welcome,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said.

Ahmadinejad is expected to visit battlegrounds of the Second Lebanon War in southern Lebanon, including Bint Jbail and Maroun a-Ras next Wednesday and Thursday, and reportedly wants to go to the border with Israel and throw rocks at IDF soldiers.


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