During the 90-minute interview, Suleimani explained that he entered Lebanon at the beginning of the war from Syria, accompanied by a senior Hezbollah military official, Imad Mughniyeh (who was killed in 2008 and considered by Hezbollah to be the architect of victory over Israel during the conflict that killed 1,200 people on the Lebanese side. And 160 on the Israeli side).
The Iranian general touched on the incident that sparked the war, in which a group of "Hezbollah" on July 12, "to enter occupied Palestine and attack Zionist armored and captured two wounded soldiers."
He said that "a week after his arrival in Lebanon at the time, he left for Iran to brief the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei on the developments in Lebanon, to return the same day, conveying a message from the guide to Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, noting that he remained In Lebanon until the end of the war.
According to the agency "France 24", Soleimani did not mention during the interview, the presence of other Iranians, and only to tell his personal experience, especially through permanent contact with Mughniyeh and Nasrallah, and told that in the escalation of the Israeli bombardment on the southern suburb of Beirut, a stronghold of "Hezbollah", personally with Mughniyeh Nasrallah was evacuated from the "operating room" he was in. During that night, he and Mughniyah moved Nasrallah from place to place to avoid shelling, before returning to their headquarters.
The broadcast of the interview, conducted by Ayatollah Khamenei's office, comes days after the same office published a picture of Nasrallah alongside Khamenei and Soleimani, prompting speculation that the three met shortly before in Tehran.