Cooperation with Iran benefits Persian Gulf states: Hezbollah

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Lebonan
Monday, 13 February 2017

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has called on the Persian Gulf countries to cooperate with Iran, stressing that the collaboration contributes to regional stability, what the US and Israel do not want.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem made the remarks in an address on Saturday marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

"If [Persian] Gulf countries want to thrive and live at ease, they should cooperate with Iran," Qassem said, noting that working with the Islamic Republic “is a source of power for the [Persian] Gulf's security and stability and the future of the region."

The Hezbollah official further emphasized that Saudi Arabia and other regional countries have dismissed Tehran’s initiative for closer ties.

"Iran has always extended its hand to Saudi Arabia and the countries of the region ... but they have always refused because the United States doesn't allow it and Israel doesn't benefit. Despite that, Iran continues to extend its hand," he said.

Qassem also hailed Iran’s positive regional role and said that it had transferred the region from "the era of defeat to that of victories.”

Hezbollah is "proud" of Iran’s support as the country is a "giver and not a taker” and “never asked for anything in return from Hezbollah or Lebanon,” he added.

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