Iran ready to equip Lebanese army: envoy

Updated: 2011-10-11 09:34


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TEHRAN - Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi said Monday Tehran is ready to equip the Lebanese army and expand bilateral defense cooperation without setting any preconditions, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

Speaking at a meeting with Lebanese Defense Minister Fayez Ghusn in Beirut, Roknabadi said that developing stronger defense cooperation between the two countries is necessary given the daily violations of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli fighter jets, said the report.

Ghusn, for his part, praised Iran's support for Lebanon and said Lebanon is proud of having Iran's support, according to Press TV.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has reiterated that the Islamic Republic is ready to supply Lebanon army with arms.

Iran is fully prepared to provide Lebanese army with cutting- edge military equipment if it receives any request from Lebanon for equipping its army, Vahidi said.