On Wednesday night, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati returned to Tehran from Damascus after assuring Syria and its Lebanese allies of his country's support. Velayati met Lebanese and Muslim leftist leaders one by one at the Iranian Embassy in the Syrian capital after presiding over a session with various militia leaders.
Meetings With Militias
Among the militia leaders who took part were Druze leader Jumblatt, Nabih Berri of the Shiite Muslim Amal militia and Ahmed Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a Syrian-based Palestinian group that has been implicated in terrorist incidents. Also attending was Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk Shareh.