Feb 12, 2019 05:39 UTC

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with top Lebanese officials, including President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday, February 11, on the second day of his visit to Beirut.

Zarif also held a news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil where Zarif said that Iran is "completely ready to cooperate with the Lebanese government and army in any field Lebanon sees useful and vital to cooperate with Iran in".

Iran is waiting for Lebanon to show a desire to accept its military assistance, Iran's foreign minister said on Sunday (February 10), reiterating an offer of support to the U.S.-backed Lebanese military.

Zarif, whose government backs the powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah, was speaking at Beirut airport on Sunday at the start of his first visit to Lebanon since its new government was formed late last month.

Nasrallah said last week he was ready to secure air defense systems for the Lebanese army from Iran to confront Israeli warplanes and to secure "everything it wants to be the strongest army in the region."