The Lebanese Hezbollah hailed on Monday Pope Francis's visit to Iraq, especially his meeting with Grand Ayatollah, Sayyed Ali Sistani, hoping the visit will help to enhance its national unity and international role.

Iran PressMiddle East: In a statement, Hezbollah voiced support to his eminence’s stance which underlined the need to cope with the agony, injustice, oppression, poverty, religious and intellectual persecution, wars, and acts of violence, siege, and displacement suffered by a lot of people in various countries, especially the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Hezbollah said that Iraqi suffered during the last two decades from numerous woes and diverse wars waged by the US occupation and the Wahhabi terror of ISIL group, “which have constituted two sides of the same coin against Iraq with its people, national unity and social, religious as well as national components.”

"Hezbollah hopes that Pope’s visit will introduce the restoration of Iraq’s role internationally and regionally and the reinforcement of its national unity and its right to sovereignty and stability," according to the statement.

Hezbollah underscored the important role of the religious and spiritual authorities across the world in confronting aggression and occupation, exposing terrorism, and consecrating the values of harmony and peaceful coexistence.

"The authorities’ role, also, sustains the peoples’ right to resistance as well as a legitimate defense against the occupation, and supports their aspirations for freedom and justice," the statement added.