0553 GMT November 22, 2019
“Lebanon is an independent country ... Iran respects the vote of the Lebanese people ... We are ready to work with ... the government elected by the majority,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by state TV.
The Iranian official made the remarks during his weekly press conference on Monday.
Hezbollah and its political allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed, according to Reuters.
The unofficial tally in the first parliamentary elections in nine years indicated sharp losses for Western-backed Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. But he was still set to emerge as the Sunni Muslim leader with the biggest bloc in the 128-seat house, making him the frontrunner to form the next government.
Morocco’s ‘baseless’ accusations
Qassemi also pointed to recent anti-Iran accusations by Morocco, saying that the officials of the Arab country have labeled baseless allegations against Iran and they have so far failed to give convincing reasons for their claims, IRNA reported.
His comments came after Morocco last week cut its diplomatic relations with Iran, with its Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita accusing Tehran and Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah of training and arming Polisario members via the Iranian Embassy in Algeria.
Iran firmly rejected the allegation of ties between Tehran’s Embassy in Algeria and the Polisario Front, a Western Sahara separatist movement.
Hezbollah also denied Rabat’s accusation, saying in a statement that Morocco had decided to cut ties with Iran under “American, Israeli and Saudi pressure.”
Morocco annexed Western Sahara in 1975 and considers it the country’s “southern province.”
Rabat maintains that Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, is an integral part of the kingdom, while the Polisario Front demands a referendum on self-determination.
IRNA and Reuters contributed to this story.