BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah described Iran as a "sincere ally and loyal friend" during talks with the Iranian foreign minister in Beirut, the group said in a statement Friday.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in Beirut as part of a regional tour, held talks with top Lebanese officials Thursday during which he declared that Tehran was ready to help Lebanon overcome its dire economic crisis, including the building of two power plants to resolve the country’ chronic electricity problem.
Hezbollah's statement did not specify when or where Nasrallah received Amir-Abdollahian for security reasons. The Hezbollah chief has been largely in hiding since the 2006 war with Israel.
"[Iran] has proven that it is the sincere ally and loyal friend who doesn't let down his friends no matter how difficult the circumstances are," the statement quoted Nasrallah as telling the foreign minister.
"Hopes are very high that Lebanon will emerge from this crisis through the cooperation of everyone," he added.
Iran is set to deliver more fuel in the coming days to Lebanon for distribution by Hezbollah, a move denounced by the United States as a public relations stunt while warning that Tehran remained under sanctions.