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In a rare and controversial visit to south Lebanon where he received a hero's welcome, Iran's president praised the people's resistance to Israel.

Speaking before crowds just a few hundred meters from Israel's border, Ahmedinejad told Hezbollah - the Lebanese group that fought two wars with Israel - that "the people of Iran will support you forever."

But some Lebanese officials considered Ahmedinejad's visit to the Hezbollah stronghold as a provocation to Israel and sign that Iran is interfering in the country's affairs to pursue its own agenda.

Zeina Khodr reports from south Lebanon.

Source: Al Jazeera