The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, visited Lebanon on 13th – 14th October 2010 in order to strengthen trade ties with the country and visit the memorials of children killed by Israeli military strikes.
The Persian leader addressed a rally of thousands of Hizbullah supporters in Raya Stadium, Southern Lebanon on Wednesday night where Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke via video owing to his place on an Israeli assassination list.
Ahmedinejad attacked the investigation into Rafik Hariri’s death, saying that the “friends in Lebanon” was being blamed. He also took the time to warn Israel against provoking unrest in the Middle East and demanded the return of diplomats Ahmad Motevasselian, Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastegari who were abducted from the Iranian embassy in 1982.
Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Lebanese President Michel Sleiman held talks in Baabda Palace which included trade agreements and reiterations of support. The Iranian guest gave his host a nanoscope developed and built by Iranian scientists and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their occupied land was also agreed upon.