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Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday renewed Tehran's preparedness to equip the Lebanese Army with the necessary military tools and weapons. "If they (Lebanese) demand, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to provide the country with their needed arms for defending Lebanon's borders," Vahidi said in an interview with the Arabic Language Al Alam network. "The Army of Lebanon is our friend and is in a region that is under the Zionist regime's pressure and threat," Vahidi noted. Last week, Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi said that Tehran is prepared to arm the Lebanese Army, and added, "If Lebanon officially calls for Iran's help to equip its army, Iran will feel honored to help Lebanon's army." Iranian Ambassador to Beirut also said that the issue will be brought up during President Ahmadinejad's upcoming visit to Lebanon, which comes at the invitation of his Lebanese counterpart Michel Sulayman. The remarks by the Iranian officials came after Lebanese President Michel Sulayman officially asked Iran to equip and modernize the Lebanese Army. Meantime, Secretary-General of Hezbollah Seyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday welcomed the Lebanese government's decision to ask for Tehran's cooperation in equipping the country's Army. Nasrallah urged the Lebanese Cabinet to ask Iran and Arab states to provide equipment for Lebanon's army, stressing that "Hezbollah will work hard through its friendship with Iran to equip the Lebanese Army." Nasrallah said Beirut should seek an alternative source for its military needs, and stressed, "Lebanon must ask for help from countries that are willing to sell arms to Beirut without any conditions." The US Congress decided to block its $100 million military aid to Lebanon shortly after a deadly border clash between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers in early August. Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday renewed Tehran's preparedness to equip the Lebanese Army with the necessary military tools and weapons.

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