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November 28, 2010
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, shakes hands with Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Reza Rahimi.

(CNN) - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Iran on Saturday as part of a two-day visit to the country aimed at expanding relations, Iranian state media reported.

It is Hariri's first visit to Iran as prime minister, state-run Press TV said, and the visit comes a month after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to Lebanon on his first state visit to the country.

"We consider this visit to be very important and hope for further expansion of ties between Iran and Lebanon," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.

During the trip, Hariri is expected to meet with Ahmadinejad, Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahibi, National Security Chairman Saeed Jalili and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Fars reported.

"Lebanon considers cooperation with Iran necessary for creating a common ground to fight the dangers that threaten the two countries and even the region," Press TV quoted Hariri as saying before departing Beirut for the Iranian capital, Tehran.

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lipservice   November 28th, 2010 7:43 am ET

Iran has had unbreakable bond with Syria and Lebanon for hundreds years by history and culture of peace and love.
Using international tribunal of Hariri's case, Zionist US is to turn Lebanon into a never-ending war torn country like Iraq and Afghanistan for its own agenda on behalf of unbreakable bond israel.

Filipe   November 28th, 2010 11:45 am ET


You're too funny !!!

The tribunal you speak of is a UN tribunal of which all UN member states are responsible for.

But i'm sure that doesn't sway your thoughtas that it is the US who apparently rules the world and the UN and is responsible for all things evil in the world.

What an idiot!

miriam   November 28th, 2010 12:34 pm ET


Syria gained independence in 1944 and Lebanon in 1943, both having been part of the French Mandate and previously ruled by the Ottomans.

The Ottomans often fought battles against the Persians/Iranians.

Lebanon's weak government and religious divisions have been responsible for several decades of internal fighting, with external players taking advantage of such chaos to insert their influences usually contributing to increased divisions and in-fighting.
Iran is one of those players, creating Hizbollah immediately after the Islamic Revolution and backing the Syrian occupation in Lebanon.

Similarly, Iran is largely responsible for the on-going instability in Iraq and Afghanistan due to its attacks on US backed forces via its terrorist proxies in those countries.

The Hariri Tribunal report has all the Lebanese players and others nervous and suspicious of each other, with the easiest remedy that can unite them being the usual "blame it on Israel" excuse.

With the ever-inceasing influence of Iran in the region and beyond, combined with the reluctance of the West to recognize the resultant disaster, weak states like Lebanon have no choice but to pay service to the Islamic Republic which will only continue to wreak havoc within their borders if they don't.

dapper98   November 28th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Iran has had unbreakable bond with Syria and Lebanon for hundreds years by history and culture of peace and love.

Oh Yeah? The culture of peace and love:

Israel must be wiped off the map

is that peace or love?

stingran   November 29th, 2010 12:55 am ET

hey lipservice, what "peace and love" are you exactly talking about??
is it the Iran – Iraq war??? throwing chemical weapons at each other?
is it the Iraq invasion to Kuwait???
is it the mass murdering of Curds by Iraq and Turkey?
is it the Pakistani war with India???

face it, the Arab countries are as "peaceful" to each other as a Palestinian to an Israeli.

maybe you should blame Israel for the civil war in Lebanon as well?
maybe you should blame Israel for the riots in Egypt between the
government and the "Muslim brothers", or the treatment to the kopts?
maybe you should blame Israel for the Turkish invasion and
occupation in Cyprus??

grow up and face reality...

Ariely   November 29th, 2010 4:04 pm ET

Mr lipservice-
Using the Taqiyya lying to infidels method is a boomerang.
It could be a refreshing Change, start using the troth while debating.

Few people in the west are aware about the lying Takiyya cult.
Understanding Taqiyya ― Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah

Arab/Iran cult- Taqiyya-Lying to infidel cult was formed by Arab tribes in 7 century.
It is widely used by Muslim spoke men and propagandists while debating with infidels/
The main goal is to confuse, divide, masking Muslims intentions

University Rector   November 30th, 2010 9:51 am ET

If you declare anything positive among Arabic nations, you will be followed by a wave of hate spewing Israelis who will denounce all you say with aggressive negativity.

Strangely after the Israeli supporters display their hatred and negativity, they will then conclude Israel wants peace.

You can only laugh when Israelis talk politics. You know what they are going to say long before they say it. i.e. Israel good, Arab bad.

Zionists Israelis are ignorant, but they don't realize all healthy people can see through their game with ease.

Lipservice, Don't worry about them. Their negative and destructive comments reflect their negative and destructive minds. They discredit themselves and don't even know how absurd they sound.

miriam   November 30th, 2010 12:53 pm ET


You and an associate who comments on this blog both seem to use the same "Arabic nations" term when you don't appear to be refering to the language at all, but instead to "Arab nations".

What is evident is that the Israeli/Zionist supporters are refuting the persistent negative, destructive and absurd comments from the Israel-bashers.

It would be great to read some positive comments about Arab nations that are also truthful. However, if they are positive but false, it is dishonest not to challenge the lies, myths, distortions and propaganda.

Abdul   December 1st, 2010 1:24 am ET

I will try to help you, although you seem beyond help.

Arabic Adjective:
Of or relating to Arabia, the Arabs, their language, or their culture.

Miriam if you examine your dictionary, you will learn Arabic refers to more than the language of Arabs. But I note you never check anything before writing. How very Israeli....Will you now blame your illiteracy on anti semitic people hahahahaha

Miriam you go all out to humiliate yourself with every pro Israeli blog you write. At least, I hope you mean to be ridiculous. It would be sad if you are truly so ridiculous.

Team   December 1st, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I read what some people write on here and it's interesting to see

Here something for you all

Religion is fake!!!! its bull! It's a veil clouding your minds!

miriam   December 2nd, 2010 4:18 pm ET


Thanks for the 'input'.

The term "Arabic nations" is virtually never used except by three supposedly separate individuals on this blog.

John/UR/Abdul, whether you are one and the same or three and the same, your anti-semitic/Israel/zionist rantings are increasingly distasteful, desperate and pathetic.

It's fascinating how it is possible to turn a semantic observation into an anti-Israel attack, especially when the blog topic concerns Lebanon's attempts at expanding ties while the country is being destroyed by the opposing players.

John A   December 5th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Abdul & University Rector,

Below is a link to the University of St.Thomas, where it states,"
Arabic is spoken in 22 Arabic nations, by almost 300 million people"!

They use the phrase "Arabic nations" as well.

Is the University now part of Miriams anti-semitic conspiracy theory??

Or does the fact remain Miriam is an illiterate Zionist who talks out of her rear end?

Team   December 6th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

religion-what a waste of time!

proud zionist   December 7th, 2010 7:06 am ET

John antisemite A

your reply still has not arrived, but you never relate to facts, so you liar:

Hamas Minister Fathi Hamad revealed that 600-700 Hamas and affiliated fighters were lost in the Israeli Cast Lead operation, refuting the claim, given credence in the Goldstone Report, that Palestinian fatalities were overwhelmingly non-combatants

John A   December 7th, 2010 3:41 pm ET

Proud Zionist,

I have answered you. Your claim is a false statement as the Hamas minister has never said what you pretend he said.

In other words, you are a lunatic who lives in a made up world and detached from reality.

Many have already recognized you mental problems on this blog. For goodness sake get help!

miriam   December 8th, 2010 8:27 pm ET

John A,

I'm shocked!

I assumed you read "Al-Hayut "or at least "Felesteen".

Perhaps we can be assured that this may be a beginning.
If you are refusing to believe Hamad's words in those publications then maybe you'll cease believing most of the myths, lies and disinformation that are found on their pages.

proud zionist   December 8th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

John antisemite A

The Hamas minister made the statement and your antisemitic lies cannot change facts

you should stop thinking with your rear end, otherwise I catch you again and again at your metier: Being the new Goebbels
here are the facts, and try to disprove them, antisemite:

1. On November 1, 2010, Fathi Hamad, interior minister of the de facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, was interviewed by the London-based Al-Hayat. One of the issues dealt with was the number of Hamas operatives killed in Operation Cast Lead. The interview was also published (November 1) in Hamas' Felesteen, its organ in the Gaza Strip.

2. Fathi Hamad responded to the allegations [of rivals] that Hamas did not play a major role in fighting the Israelis during Operation Cast Lead, and that it was the Gazans themselves who won the war and paid the price, while Israel had few losses.1

3. In response to those allegations Fathi Hamad answered, "It has been said that the [Palestinian] people were harmed by the war, but is Hamas not part of the people? It is a fact that on the first day of the war Israel struck police headquarters and killed 250 members of Hamas and the various factions, in addition to the 200-300 operatives from the [Izz al-Din] al-Qassam Brigades. In addition, 150 security personnel [i.e., members of the internal security forces] were killed, and the rest were from the people [i.e., civilians]..."

John A   December 9th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Miriam and Pathetic Zionist,


Asking Zionists to provide proof always causes them to panic.

Asking Zionists to provide proof must be considered anti semitic!!


PROVE YOUR STATEMENTS AND GROW UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Filipe   December 9th, 2010 1:05 pm ET

OT John A,

Sorry to burst your bubble!!!!!!!!! Hamas has finally admitted to the loss of 600-700 Hamas members during operation ast Lead.

If you google "hamas losses, cast lead"-- you'll get 12,500 hits !!!

So, it appears the only pretending is you !!!!!!

Pick any of them that are current and the results will be the same!!

proud zionist   December 9th, 2010 2:28 pm ET

john antisemite A

the proof was provided. read Al-Hayat, dummy!

proud zionist   December 10th, 2010 7:33 am ET

CNN censors, you are doing it again. John antisemite A is your best friend, he never waits for days to be published. or is he one of your CNN editors?

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