Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lebanon, Iran sign 16 agreements, no military aid

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) attend a press conference with Lebanon\'s President Michel Suleiman in Beirut, capital of Lebanon, Oct. 13, 2010. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut on Wednesday morning, starting a visit to the Mediterranean country. (Xinhua/Koka)

Beirut, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon and Iran signed 16 agreements and memoranda of understanding during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad\'s first day in Lebanon, none of which is on military aid, unlike what was predicted before, the local An Nahar newspaper reported Thursday.

With the 16 documents, Lebanon and Iran will develop bilateral relations and cooperation in the areas of agriculture, energy, oil and gas, trade and handicrafts, tourism, higher education, health, environment, media, communications, information technology and techniques.

The agreements, however, did not include military aid to Lebanon. It was expected before that some military aid agreements would be signed during Ahmadinejad\'s visit.

Iran said on August that it would supply Lebanon with military equipment, following U.S. congress froze its aid to Lebanese Armed Forces on concerns over Hezbollah\'s influence in the army.

Ahmadinejad, who came to Beirut on Wednesday for a two-day trip, presented Lebanon an Iranian-made technical device called \" Nanoscope\" that designed to develop scientific and technical programs.


Iranian president starts controversial visit to Lebanon

BEIRUT, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut on Wednesday morning, starting a controversial visit to the Mediterranean country.

Ahmadinejad, who is on his first visit to Lebanon since he took office, was heavily criticized the United States and Israel, who said last week that his visit undermined Lebanon\'s sovereignty. Lebanon\'s factions from the Western-backed March 14 Alliance described the visit as provocative. Full story

U.S. ambassador says Ahmadinejad\'s visit to Lebanon not helpful

BEIRUT, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad\'s visit to Lebanon would not contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region, local newspaper An Nahar reported Wednesday.

\"There is a concern we share with the countries in the region that Iran is not playing a helpful role in the region in terms of stability,\" Connelly was quoted as saying

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