Lebanese PM Tells Iran Off for Interfering in Internal Affairs

Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized a top Iranian general for praising Iran-backed Hezbollah

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters after his bloc won 21 seats in the parliamentary elections, May 11, 2018.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has criticized a top Iranian general for comments he reportedly made recently in which he praised Iran-backed groups for making gains in last month's parliamentary elections.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah and its allies gained more than half the seats of the 128-member parliament in the May 6 parliamentary elections.

Lebanese media aired a video posted on social media showing Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite fighting Quds Force, saying that Hezbollah's victory came at a time when some Arab countries labeled it and its leaders as terrorists.

Commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, sits in a religious ceremony at a mosque in the residence of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, March 27, 2015.
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Hariri told reporters later Monday that the comments are "regrettable," adding that interfering in Lebanon's internal affairs is "not in their (Iran's) interest, nor those of Lebanon or the region."