The flags (left to right) of Iran, Hizballah, and Lebanon (Fars)
July 30, 2006 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi today denied that Iran is helping Hizballah in its fight against Israel in Lebanon.
Asefi said Iran has not deployed any forces in Lebanon, has not sent any weapons, and does not support Hizballah militarily.
He also said if Iran decides to give Hizballah military support, the country will announce it.
Iran, Syria, And Hizballah
Iranians demonstrating in support of Hizballah in Tehran on July 17 (epa)
'FOR THE SAKE OF LEBANON': The Islamic Republic of Iran has served as an ideological inspiration for Hizballah since the Lebanese militant group's creation in 1982, and Tehran acknowledges that it supports the organization morally and politically. "Yes, we are friends of Syria and Iran" Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said. "For 24 years we benefited from our friendship with Syria and Iran for the sake of Lebanon...." (more)