Iran calls for unity to stem terrorism

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has commended the Lebanese government for capturing the mastermind behind a recent bombing attack on Iran’s Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and called for all-out cooperation to eradicate terrorism.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran … stresses the necessity of effective and all-out regional and international cooperation to uproot the ominous phenomenon of terrorism,” the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Combating terrorism is the only option to ensure the internal security and stability of the Mideast countries and to safeguard regional peace and stability against a scourge which is creeping across the region to affect them all, read the statement.

Iran stands by the Lebanese nation and government at this critical juncture when terrorist elements led by the Israeli regime and “certain narrow-minded circles” are targeting Lebanon’s stability, security and integrity, the statement further read.

It further expressed Iran’s readiness to offer any assistance to Lebanon to help thwart evil plots by terrorist Takfiri groups and Zionist-backed entities.

“Undoubtedly, any success in countering terrorism requires making use of all effective legal means and adoption of firm decisions to identify and punish agents of terrorism as well as its supporters and architects,” the statement highlighted.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran hopes that through the prudence of relevant Lebanese authorities, terrorist elements [behind the embassy attack] will be held answerable for their heinous and inhumane crimes in Lebanon’s courts, and their supporters as well as financial and political sponsors will be disgraced in public in the region,” it stated.

On November 19, two bomb attacks outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital killed 25 people and injured more than 150. Iran’s Cultural Attaché to Beirut Hojjatoleslam Ebrahim Ansari and five other Iranians were among those killed.

Following the incident, al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombings.

On Wednesday, the Lebanese government confirmed the arrest of Majed al-Majed, the Saudi commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Lebanese caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said he “was arrested by the intelligence services of the Lebanese army in Beirut."