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Israel will be defeated: Rouhani and Bassil.

Summary: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the need to keep confronting Israel until all Arab rights are restored, a statement by the foreign minister's press office said Sunday.

BEIRUT: Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the need to keep confronting Israel until all Arab rights are restored, a statement by the foreign minister's press office said Sunday.

"They stressed that it is necessary to confront Israel until all rights are fully restored and that Israel will not emerge victorious from this face-off," the statement said.

Bassil met Rouhani in Tehran where he is on an official visit. The two stressed the need to combat terrorism at military and intellectual levels. Bassil also met Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani in the presence of Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy.

Earlier, senior Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati expressed hope after meeting Bassil that Lebanon would be able to elect a president soon.

"[We hope] the right circumstances for the Lebanese people to conduct presidential elections will arise soon," Velayati said.

Velayati lauded the resilience of the Lebanese people and stressed on the need to confront terror in the region. "The resilience of Lebanon when confronting terrorism has left them [terrorists] weary ... hopefully terrorism shall be defeated throughout the region," he said.

"We have the military and intellectual capabilities working to eradicate terrorism and prevent it from spreading throughout the world," Bassil said after the meeting. "This is the importance of Lebanon, to serve as a model for confronting takfiri terrorism attempting to exterminate intellectual diversity in the region."

Bassil also thanked the government of Iran and called for the unification of the capabilities of Russia and U.S. in confronting terrorism.

"Lebanon as a member state in the alliance against terrorism calls on both alliances to unite against terrorism," Bassil said, referring to the U.S. and Russia's fighting of ISIS, each with its own alliance.

"This is imperative so that we all wage the same battle without excluding any country in the world."

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Oct 19, 2015
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