World Bulletin/News Desk
Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani, currently in Beirut, has hailed what he described as the "positive" role played by the Shiite Hezbollah group in the Middle East.
"There are groups that are even more effective than countries... like Hezbollah, which plays a positive role in the region," Larijani said during a lecture delivered at the Lebanese University in Beirut.
"[Palestinian groups] Hamas and Islamic Jihad also serve as powerful symbols of resistance," he added, while warning of the potential impact of "destructive terrorist groups like the ISIL."
As for the situation in Syria, a strong ally of Tehran, Larijani said that political and social reform could not be imposed "through warplanes and tanks."
"The key to solving the Syria crisis is political compromise," he stressed.
Larijani came to the Lebanese capital earlier Monday from Damascus, where he had met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a day earlier.
He is now due to hold talks with several senior Lebanese government officials and political figures.
Before the outbreak of the "Arab Spring" uprisings, Syria, Iran and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement – along with Hamas – had all been part of a so-called "axis of resistance."
On the other side of the equation stood a U.S.-friendly "axis of moderation," including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt (under then-president Hosni Mubarak).
Upon the outbreak of the Syrian uprising in 2011, Hamas refused to support the Syrian regime, straining relations between the two and prompting Hamas' leadership to decamp from Damascus.
Recent months, however, have seen Hamas and Iran – Syria's ally– taking tentative steps towards reconciliation.
The conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year, has continued to fuel sectarian tension inside Lebanon, with the Shiite Hezbollah group's ongoing military support for al-Assad's Alawite-dominated regime drawing condemnation from Arab Sunni groups.
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