The government of Lebanon rejected reports that it had granted citizenship to Zainab Soleimani, the daughter of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps General Qasem Soleimani.
Soleimani was killed by a US drone airstrike in Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad, in January 2020, and Iran pledged revenge for his death.
“We reject reports by Al-Hadath TV and the Al-Arabiya news website that President Michel Aoun issued a decree granting citizenship to Zainab,” the Lebanese presidency tweeted.
On Monday, Al-Hadath tweeted that it was reported that “President Aoun signed a decree that sparked a lot of controversies, according to which Zainab, the daughter of former Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, was granted Lebanese citizenship.”
A report said that Lebanese activists expressed their anger at the decision and said that Lebanon should grant citizenship to scientists, artists, and doctors but not to supporters of terrorists.
Zainab has appeared on the pro-Iranian Lebanese group Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV station several times, after marrying Reza Safi al-Din, son of Hashem Safi al-Din, who is considered the second man in the Hezbollah group.
Qassem Soleimani was one of key Iranian figures who played a significant role in the Syrian conflict in favor of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
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