Iranian foreign minister met with Hezbollah head

Zarif reportedly stated that nuclear deal, “historic opportunity for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity”; Visits to include Damascus following Beirut

Zarif & Nasrallah

Zarif & Nasrallah (AP)

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with Hezbollah head, Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut Tuesday night. Zarif’s diplomatic visit to Beirut is in order to meet with Lebanese officials on bilateral and regional issues. According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Zarif’s visit to Lebanon is to discuss “bilateral issues, regional events, and the terrorism and extremism crisis.”

Zarif met Tuesday morning with Prime Minister Tammam Salam Tuesday. Following his meeting he stated to reporters that “We [Iran] value the major role played by the prime minister in providing security, fighting terrorism and creating cooperation.”

Zarif’s diplomatic visits come just a few weeks following a final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. According to Arab media, “Zarif said from Beirut that the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers created a historic opportunity for regional cooperation to fight extremism and face threats posed by the Zionist entity.”

Iran is Hezbollah’s main supporter, mainly providing funds for arms.

Zarif is scheduled to travel to Damascus Wednesday evening.