Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make an official visit to Lebanon next month, the government of Iran said in an official announcement.
Over the weekend, Lebanese media reported the Iranian leader would arrive on October 13 for a two-day stay said to include a visit to Lebanon's border with Israel. Iran expressed readiness to provide arms to the Lebanese Army after officials from Western countries indicated reservations about supplying the army with additional weapons.
During his visit, Ahmadinejad is expected to meet with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and senior Hezbollah officials, media outlets in Lebanon reported, though the reports did not specify whether he would meet with Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nassrallah.
This would be Ahmadinejad's first visit to Beirut since becoming president of Iran. Mohammad Khatami, who visited Beirut in 2003, was the last Iranian president to do so.
On Friday, the Iranian president called Florida pastor Terry Jones' announced intention to burn the Koran on September 11 a Zionist plot.
"The Zionists and their supporters are on the path to collapse and decline and such desperate actions will not save them, but will accelerate their fall and annihilation," Ahmadinejad said at a meeting in Tehran with Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khamenei and other senior officials marking the Eid el Fitr feast ending the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Florida pastor announced yesterday that he had called off his plans.
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