Iran is a respected, stabilizing force in Middle East

No really!
Iran is a significant, respected player in the Middle East which is playing a stabilizing role, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday, during a visit to Lebanon.

"It was clear that we could never accept a destabilization of Lebanon, which could lead to a destabilization of the region," Douste-Blazy said in Beirut.

"In the region there is of course a country such as Iran - a great country, a great people and a great civilization which is respected and which plays a stabilizing role in the region," he told a news conference.
And when Douste-Blazy speaks, you'd better pay attention to this fountain of wisdom.

The French: the world would be a so much duller place without them...

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