Hariri says cooperation with Iran is indispensable

Lebanese prime minister praises Ahmadinejad's recent Lebanon trip, says two countries face same threats.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 26, 2010 21:03
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Sa'ad Hariri and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Hariri and Ahmadinejad 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

In an interview with official Iranian news agency IRNA on the eve of his visit to Teheran, Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri denied accusing Hizbullah of assassinating his father.

Hariri said, "We consider cooperation [with Iran] as indispensable for the threats endangering both countries, DFA reported.

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Speaking of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent visit to Lebanon, Hariri said that the trip provided the two countries with a "historic chance" to promote bilateral relations.

In the interview, the Lebanese prime minister accused Israel of posing the greatest danger to the region, PressTV reported.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with The Washington Post, Hariri slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saying that he "does not believe in peace."

"There is no leadership in Israel," he said. "At one point you had [Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin who wanted peace. He's the one who believed in the peace in the region, but Netanyahu doesn't believe in peace."

During the interview Hariri accused Netanyahu of being "somebody who is not willing to talk about real peace in the region."

Hariri stressed that comprehensive peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis is the only way that security can be assured.


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