Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 1)

Read more

ENCORE!

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Read more

FOCUS

Zika virus spreading fast across Puerto Rico

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

THE INTERVIEW

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Panama: Triple X canal for giant cargos

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Israel’s ex-intel chief: ‘Together, we can do a lot to make Middle East a better place’

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande: ‘Brexit result is irrevocable’

Read more

Middle east

Iranian leader visits Lebanon amid political turmoil

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-13

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday for a controversial two-day visit that will take him to the country's south, a region dominated by Iran's ally Hezbollah.

AP - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has begun his first state visit to Lebanon, giving a strong show of support to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and stirring up the country's tumultous political divides.

Thousands of Lebanese _ mostly Hezbollah backers _ are lining the main highway into the capital from Beirut's airport, where Ahmadinejad arrived Wednesday. Loudspeakers blasted songs as women sold Hezbollah flags and balloons to onlookers.


Iran is the most powerful ally of Hezbollah, which holds widespread support among Lebanon's Shiites and boasts the country's strongest military force. But Ahmadinejad's visit has sparked concern among Western-backed factions locked in a political struggle with Hezbollah over the direction of the country.

Date created : 2010-10-13

  • SYRIA - LEBANON

    Syria seeks arrests over Hariri probe

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Politician gets death sentence overturned in diva's murder case

    Read more

  • LEBANON

    Hezbollah chief accuses Israel of PM Hariri’s assassination

    Read more

COMMENT(S)