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Ansari meets Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Friday/NNA

Beirut – The file of the Russian-Iranian-Turkish meeting was present during the visit of Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari to Beirut, where he met on Friday with President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Ansari, who had arrived here on Thursday, conveyed to Aoun a verbal message from president Hassan Rouhani confirming Iranian-Lebanese ties and the need to develop them at all levels, particularly after the election of the president.

According to Lebanon’s National News Agency, both men discussed the current situation in the Middle East, particularly after the Iranian-Russian-Turkish meeting which was held in Moscow to discuss the Syrian crisis.

For his part, Aoun thanked Rouhani for the message, hoping to achieve a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Ansari’s visit to the presidential palace came after his visit to Ain Al-Tineh where he sat with Speaker Berri.

“Political understanding and harmony alone can secure the desired and rapid solution to all regional files,” Ansari said following his meeting with Berri.

“The visit takes place in light of many positive political developments on the ground in the region, particularly in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” he said.

Ansari spoke about the last trilateral meeting held in Moscow at the level of the foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran.

The foreign ministers of the three countries met on Tuesday and vowed to expand a ceasefire to the entire Syrian territories and to guarantor a deal between the regime and the opposition. A document they jointly issued is called the “Moscow Declaration.”

The Iranian official said the main message behind all these developments is that agreement and political harmony are the only means to secure a quick solution to all regional conflicts.

Ansari had kicked off his visit to Beirut on Thursday by meeting Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

His visit to Beirut comes following a meeting with President of the Syrian regime Bashar Assad in Damascus where Ansari placed Assad in the picture of the diplomatic efforts exerted to end the war in Syria, particularly the trilateral meeting held in Moscow between Iran, Russia and Turkey.