Wreath on Hezbollah leader’s grave: US condemns Iran FM

 15 Jan 2014 - 11:28


Jordan’s King Abdullah with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before their meeting at the Royal Palace in Amman yesterday.

vWASHINGTON: The United States yesterday condemned a decision by Iran’s foreign minister to place a wreath at the grave of a former Lebanese Hezbollah leader accused of perpetrating attacks that killed hundreds of people.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was photographed on Monday laying a wreath at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughniyeh in the southern suburbs of Beirut.
Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said in condemning the move that Moughniyeh had been responsible for “heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans.”
“The inhumane violence that Moughniyeh perpetrated — and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran’s financial and material support — has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” Hayden said.
The condemnation came as the United States works with world powers to ensure Iran abides by an interim deal aimed at containing Iran’s nuclear programme.
“The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region,” Hayden said.
Meanwhile, Zarif yesterday met Jordan’s King Abdullah and  Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, during his trip to Amman.
Talks during the meeting dealt with bilateral ties and ways of enhancing cooperation in various fields, particularly in economic spheres. Reuters