In Beirut, Iranian FM claims Tehran has ‘never sought’ to expand war

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says neither Iran nor Lebanon had sought to expand hostilities in the region, four months after Hamas’s October 7 shock attack on Israel set off flare-ups across the Middle East.

“Iran and Lebanon confirm that war is not the solution, and that we absolutely never sought to expand it,” Amir-Abdollahian says in a press conference alongside his Lebanese counterpart in Beirut.

In addition to Hamas, Iran backs Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen, terror groups that have continued to attack Israel as it wages a war against Hamas. Iran also backs armed Shia groups in Iraq that have attacked US forces in the region.

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