(MENAFN) Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri said that if the Hezbollah movement was not present in Syria, Daesh (IS) militants would have reached Lebanon, Sputnik reported.
"As for Hezbollah, it is in its own country, because if it had not been for Hezbollah there [in Syria], Daesh would have been here [in Lebanon]," Berri said.
The parliament speaker noted that Lebanon and Syria were "like twins," as nearly 1.5 million Syrians reside in Lebanon.
"We do not consider them outsiders." Everything that happens in Syria affects Lebanon," Berri stressed.
The Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement and Iran will not leave Syria until the country is fully liberated from terrorists and restores its territorial integrity, Lebanese parliament speaker and Hezbollah's closest ally in the country Nabih Berri told Sputnik.
"[These forces will not be withdrawn] until Syria is liberated and regains its territorial integrity," Berri said.