After Hariri returned to Beirut from his first visit to Saudi Arabia
, Iran sent a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, who met with President Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri, Hezbollah SG Nasrallah and the PM Hariri on 3rd November. Velayati publicly praised Hariri, despite the fact that Hariri is notorious for his anti-Iran political posture. On behalf of Iran, Velayati was hoping to explore the possibility of expanding bilateral ties with Lebanon, offer to provide new security resources and calm tensions with Hariri following the PM's condemnation of comments made by the Iranian President Rouhani during a recent speech in October. At a ceremony commemorating Hajj Mostafa Khomeini in Tehran, Rouhani said: "In Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa and the Persian Gulf region, no decisive/fateful measure can be taken in these countries without Iran's opinion". Leading Hariri to lash out at the Iranian President stressing that the latter's comments about Lebanon were "unacceptable."