Lebanon will not bomb Israel in the event that Israel strikes Iran, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said in Australia on Saturday, according to Lebanese newspaper As-Safir.
"If Israel strikes Iran, it will not be attacked with missiles from Lebanon. No one has the right to operate from Lebanon without the will of the Lebanese government, which shall determine unanimously the correct position of [the country], and the same goes for the Hezbollah organization as well," Suleiman was quoted as saying.
The Lebanese president made the comments during a meeting with Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott in Canberra, as part of an official visit to the country. Suleiman also held talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and other top Australian officials, as well as members of the Lebanese community there.
According to the report, Suleiman said that an attack from Lebanon on Israel would only come if Israel were to initiate aggressive action against Lebanon.
Asked about Lebanon's stance toward Iran's nuclear program, Suleiman was quoted in As-Safir as saying Lebanon "is definitely against the production of nuclear weapons by Iran, just as we are against the development of any nuclear weapons anywhere in the region."
The Lebanese president added that he believed that there had been rash assumptions regarding the Iranian nuclear threat, reminiscent of the eventually dispelled rumors of weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. decided to enter Iraq. "We fear that inaccurate considerations will lead to comprehensive turmoil in the region, and we hope that dialogue takes its course over Iran's nuclear program."
In February, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Iran would not ask his group to retaliate if Israel were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
Nasrallah said that in case of such an Israeli attack on Iran, his leadership would make a decision about a response. Hezbollah is funded by Iran.
"There is speculation about what wound happen if Israel bombed Iran's nuclear facilities," Nasrallah said. "I tell you that the Iranian leadership will not ask Hezbollah to do anything. On that day, we will sit, think and decide what we will do."
Hezbollah holds the balance of power in Lebanon's coalition government.