TEHRAN (IQNA) – Celebrations are planned in Lebanon to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Hezbollah resistance movement.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah will deliver a speech at one of the ceremonies to be held in the Beirut suburbs, the movement’s media officer Muhammad Afif said, Al-Ahed News reported.
He said the celebrations would start on June 20 and last until August 20, adding that they would include various cultural, social and artistic programs.
They aim to raise awareness in Lebanon of the sacrifices made by a generation of Lebanese to achieve freedom, dignity and genuine sovereignty for the country, he explained.
Afif said that 40 years after Hezbollah was founded, the resistance is stronger than ever.
He stressed the need to honor the martyrs of the resistance, the founding scholars, combatants and families of the martyrs, as well as the Lebanese people loyal to the resistance.
The official also paid tribute to everyone who has supported the Hezbollah resistance movement around the world, including Iran and Syria.
Hezbollah was formed after the Israeli invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon in 1982. Since then, the popular resistance group has grown into a powerful military force.
The resistance group defeated two Israeli wars against Lebanon, in 2000 and 2006, and forced the Tel Aviv regime’s military into a humiliating retreat in both wars.
The movement has vowed to staunchly defend Lebanon in the event of another Israeli war.