Report: Ahmadinejad to visit Lebanon's border with Israel
Iran announces official presidential visit to Lebanon next month, Ahmadinejad's first since taking office in 2005.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will make an official visit to Lebanon next month, the Iranian administration said in an official announcement on Thursday.
The visit will be Ahmadinejad's first official visit to Lebanon in the five years since he was elected to office.
Lebanese media reported that Ahmadinejad, who is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on October 13, was expected to tour the southern part of the country and to visit the county's shared border with Israel.
Lebanese media further reported that during his visit, the Iranian president was expected to meet with his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Suleiman, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and senior Hezbollah officials.
Last month, tension between Israel and the Lebanon came to a head when Lebanese soldiers fired at Israeli troops across the border, killing an officer and wounding another. A clash ensued in which two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist were killed.
Ahmadinejad met Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a visit to Damascus in February. Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed group which fought a month-long war with Israel in southern Lebanon in 2006.
Earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed in a report that Iran had accelerated its nuclear program and currently possesses a sufficient supply of enriched uranium to make three nuclear devices, assuming it speeds up enrichment to 90 percent.
According to the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran currently has 22 kilograms of uranium enriched at levels of 20 percent, and a total of 2.8 tons of uranium enriched at 3.5 percent. All the uranium is under IAEA supervision and Iran cannot make use of it for military purposes without alerting the international community.