Excerpts: Weapons to Lebanon from Iran? January 10, 2017
+++SOURCE:: Naharnet(Lebanon)10 Jan.’17:Report:Providing Lebanon with
Weapons from Iran Violates U.N Arms Embargo”,by Naharnet Newsdesk
SUBJECT: Weapons to Lebanon from Iran ?
FULL TEXT:A Western diplomat at the United Nations in New York stated that
reports circulating in Lebanon recently on the possibility of extending the
Lebanese army with weapons from Iran, are “inconsistent” with the decisions
of the Security Council, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported
The diplomat stressed that Iran cannot extend arms to any side unless the
U.N. Security Council decides otherwise, added the daily.
“The Security Council's resolutions are very clear in terms of preventing
Iran from sending weapons to states or non-state actors, and this applies to
all countries without exception, unless the Security Council decided
otherwise,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Iranian officials who visited Beirut recently have expressed Tehran's
willingness to provide the Lebanese army with weapons, the most recent was
Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy
Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi.
“Iran's permanent and firm stance is to stand by the brotherly Lebanese
Republic of Lebanon, government and people. We therefore reiterate our firm
will in the field of arming the Lebanese army,” said Boroujerdi while in
Beirut last week.
Iran is still subject to am arms embargo despite the fact that some
sanctions were lifted a year ago under a deal Iran made with the United
States, the European Union, Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France to
limit its nuclear program.
Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA