Middle East

Lebanese President receives Iranian Foreign Minister

  • Lebanon's newly elected President Michel Aoun, right, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Lebanon's newly elected President Michel Aoun, right, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, background, listens to his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil, foreground, during a joint press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, background, listens to his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil, foreground, during a joint press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, right, speaks during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil, right, speaks during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Zarif is in Beirut for two visit to congratulate newly elected president Michel Aoun and to meet with other Lebanese officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says recent political developments in Lebanon can be the key to breaking the deadlock in wars in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Zarif on Monday became the first foreign minister to visit newly appointed Lebanese President Michel Aoun, underscoring the ties between Iran and Aoun's Hezbollah-backed presidency. The Shiite militant group and predominantly Shiite Iran are close allies.

Aoun's appointment by Lebanon's parliament broke a 29-month impasse that saw the country's two main political blocs, one backed by Saudi Arabia and the other by its regional rival Iran, sabotaging 45 successive attempts to select a president.

Aoun also received Syrian state minister Mansour Azzam on Monday. Hezbollah is fighting alongside Syrian president Bashar Assad's forces in the neighboring country's civil war.