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Snubbed by Gulf, Lebanon’s PM Diab Hosts Iranian Official

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who is getting the cold shoulder from Gulf Arab states, on Monday met Iran’s parliament speaker, the first senior foreign official to visit since Diab’s government took office.

The heavily armed Hezbollah, an ally of Iran, is a main backer of Diab’s Cabinet, which took office last month after efforts failed to strike a deal with Saad al-Hariri, a traditional Western ally.

Gulf Arab states had long channeled funds into Lebanon. But now, alarmed by the rising influence of Hezbollah, Lebanon’s rich neighbors appear loathe to help it out of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis.

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