Ahmadinejad Accused of Meddling in Lebanon's Affairs

(AFP) Some 250 Lebanese politicians, doctors, teachers and journalists issued an open letter to Iran's president on Tuesday, accusing him on the eve of his official visit to Lebanon of meddling in the country's affairs. "One group in Lebanon draws its power from you...and has wielded it over another group and the state," said the letter. "You are repeating what others have done before you by interfering in our internal affairs," referring to Tehran's financial and military backing of Hizbullah, considered a proxy of Iran. Hizbullah is the only party in Lebanon that refused to surrender its weapons after the end of the 1975-1990 civil war. "Your talk of 'changing the face of the region starting with Lebanon'...and 'wiping Israel off the map through the force of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon'...gives the impression that your visit is that of a high commander to his front line."

2010-10-13 09:32:25

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