Sunday, September 29, 2019

Iran Releases Photo Of Khamenei With Hezbollah Chief Underscores Iran's Support For Hezbollah, Palestinian Militant Groups

Iran releases photo of Khamenei with Hezbollah chief

 Iran has released a "never before seen" photo of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei alongside Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. 
The photo published on the supreme leader's official website shows Nasrallah with Khamenei on his right and Qassem Soleimani -- the commander of Iran's elite Qods Force -- on his left. 
The three men are shown in front of what appears to be a door covered by a curtain and surrounded by shelves stacked with books -- decor associated with Khamenei's Tehran office. 
Before a 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, Nasrallah often openly visited the Iranian capital, but since then his public appearances have been limited. 
Iran's support for Hezbollah and Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad are an enduring feature of the Islamic republic's foreign policy.
The photo -- first published on Wednesday and still available on Saturday -- has received little coverage in other Iranian media.

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