Former Lebanese Minister of the Interior Ahmad Fatfat said that Iran has expansionist and imperialist interests in the region, and the occupation of Lebanon by means of Hizbullah serves these goals. He made these remarks in an interview which aired on Al-Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) on March 4, 2021. Fatfat said that Iran behaves like ISIS and that it emerges from the same source and shares the same goals. He continued to say that the "Persian crescent" today spans from Tehran, to Beirut, Baghdad and Damascus. For more about Ahmad Fatfat, see MEMRI TV clip no. 8134.
Ahmad Fatfat: "Iran is occupying Lebanon by means of Hizbullah. Therefore, Iran believes that its interest in Lebanon would be harmed should Lebanon become completely independent, and a viable political force that rejects this Iranian occupation emerges. So these are expansionist interests, or, if we want to describe them accurately, imperialist interests in the region.
"Their method of accusing people of treason is just like the method of takfir. They behave just like ISIS used to behave, and I am convinced that ISIS and Hizbullah originate from the same source, and ultimately, share the same goal in this region.
"Iran strives to occupy Lebanon, and it exerts pressure on all the political forces under its control, to destroy the economic, and even the cultural future of this country. They use all means for that end. Their goals serve the Iranian expansion in the region. Today, the Persian crescent stretches from Tehran to Beirut, passing through Baghdad and Damascus."