Lebanon continues to endure the repercussions of ambitious and opportunistic foreign powers meddling in its political affairs, exploiting it to extend further influence in the Middle East.
Lebanon is deemed a strategically important region in the Middle East, where Tehran’s interests intersect. Iran has historically played a negative role in Lebanon’s political and economic landscape.
According to Western diplomatic sources that have explored the intricacies of the relationship between Iran and Lebanon, as well as the dimensions of Iran’s intervention in the country’s political life, including analyzing the potential positive and negative impacts of this intervention, particularly through Hezbollah—an organization closely aligned with Iran—this negative intervention has enabled Hezbollah to bolster its presence in political and security domains, gaining substantial influence in the government and parliament. Due to Iran’s detrimental involvement, Lebanon has been drawn into Tehran’s regional activities, serving Iran’s interests exclusively, and compromising Lebanon’s sovereignty and independent decisions.
As far as security is concerned, sources told “Sawt Beirut International” website that Iran’s presence in Lebanon carries security implications. Hezbollah, as an armed organization under Iran’s influence, contributes to this security aspect, potentially escalating tensions in the region and affecting both the stability of the country and the broader area.
Iran’s interventions in Lebanon have led to significant tensions in the region, prompting Western nations to closely monitor Lebanon and evaluate its impact on regional balances. There is now a quasi-Western consensus on curbing Iran’s interventions in Lebanon, which adversely affect its future. The Lebanese government is urged to make independent decisions to ensure the country’s stability and enhance its political and economic development.
Given that the relationship between Iran and Lebanon has grown into a complex issue extending beyond political dimensions to economic and security ones, Western nations believe that Lebanon must adopt a balanced strategy to maintain its political and security stability. This entails strengthening its sovereignty and decision-making independence. This can be achieved only with an active presidency and government, as well as the reduction of Iran’s influence through Hezbollah in Lebanon’s political decisions.