© Reuters. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian speaks throughout a press convention upon arrival at Beirut worldwide airport, Lebanon February 9, 2024. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran and the United States have exchanged messages all through Israel’s four-month-old warfare on Hamas in Gaza, together with about Lebanese armed group Hezbollah, the Iranian foreign minister stated on Saturday.
“During this war and in the recent weeks, there was an exchange of messages between Iran and America,” Hossein Amirabdollahian stated by means of a translator at a press convention capping a day-long go to to Beirut.
He stated the United States had requested Tehran to request Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, “not to get widely, fully involved in this war against” Israel.
Hezbollah has exchanged near-daily fireplace with the Israeli navy alongside the Lebanese-Israeli frontier to help its Palestinian ally Hamas, and has vowed to “fight to the end” ought to Israel launch a full-scare warfare on Lebanon.
Israel launched a warfare it says goals to destroy Hamas after the Islamist group staged a lethal cross-border assault on southern Israel on Oct. 7.
The battle has rippled throughout the area and earlier this month Washington staged strikes towards Iran-aligned teams in Irag, Syria and Yemen in retaliation for a lethal assault on U.S. troops in Jordan.
Amirabdollahian on Saturday warned Israel towards taking any steps in the direction of a broader warfare towards Lebanon, saying that might be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “last day.”
He additionally stated Iran noticed a political resolution as the one strategy to finish the Gaza warfare.
“Iran and Lebanon confirm that war is not the solution, and that we absolutely never sought to expand it,” Amirabdollahian advised a information convention earlier on Saturday alongside his Lebanese counterpart, Abdallah Bou Habib.
He additionally stated Tehran was in talks with Saudi Arabia on a political resolution to hostilities in Gaza.
Hamas this week proposed a ceasefire of 4-1/2 months, throughout which remaining hostages held by Hamas would go free, Israel would withdraw its troops from Gaza and settlement could be reached on an finish to the warfare.
Netanyahu known as the Hamas phrases “delusional” and vowed to battle on. But Amirabdollahian stated Hamas was presenting concepts primarily based on a “realistic view,” and that they need to be broadly backed in order to finish the warfare.
Amirabdollahian met on Saturday with Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, foreign minister, speaker of parliament and Hezbollah head Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar tv outlet stated the foreign minister and Nasrallah reviewed the newest developments in Gaza and southern Lebanon, together with “the near future of the situation in Lebanon”.
Amirabdollahian is ready to journey on to Syria, in keeping with Syrian media, and can meet high officers there.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps have suffered certainly one of their most bruising spells in Syria since arriving a decade in the past to help President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil warfare.
Since December, Israeli strikes have killed greater than half a dozen of their members, amongst them one of many Guards’ high intelligence generals.