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16:33 | 2010-10-12

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MP: US, Israel Deeply Worried about Unity among Iran, Syria, Lebanon

TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States and Israel are deeply concerned about the upcoming trip to Lebanon by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the visit can result in a stronger alliance among Tehran, Damascus and Beirut, a senior Iranian lawmaker underlined here on Tuesday.

"The ties among Iran, Lebanon and Syria are among the most important issues of the Middle-East, which has great spiritual and political effects on Hezbollah and the Lebanese Resistance," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Karami-Raad told FNA.

"Apart from the arrogance (the western powers) and the Zionist regime's hues and cries, they are concerned about the strategic and deep alliance among Iran, Lebanon and Syria," the lawmaker said.

He further pointed out that Hezbollah's victory over Israel during the 33-day war in summer 2006 was the result of the influence of the Islamic Iran on Lebanon.

"The failure of the so-called the fourth (powerful) Army of the world (Israel) in the confrontation against Hezbollah's resolve and resistance during that war was revealed to all and that victory is an indication of the Islamic Iran's direct and spiritual influence on Lebanon," Karami-Raad noted.

He expressed confidence that Ahmadinejad's visit will be a source of blessing for Tehran, Beirut and Damascus.

Ahmadinejad, who diplomatic sources said will pay the visit to the East Mediterranean state later this week, is expected to meet with all the senior officials of Lebanon, including his counterpart Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah officials.

The visit will be the first since Ahmadinejad took office in 2005.

Meantime, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid an official visit to Tehran earlier this month in response to the February visit to Syria by Ahmadinejad.

This was the eighth visit to Tehran by President Assad and his fifth during Ahmadinejad's presidency.

Iran and Syria have forged an alliance ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the two countries' officials exchange visits on a regular basis.

The two countries enjoy strategic relations in a wide variety of areas, but their defense pacts are amongst the most important areas of Tehran-Damascus cooperation, which have caused deep worries in the US and Israel.