Ahmadinejad gets hero's welcome in Lebanon
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has begun a tour of Lebanon that will take him within a few kilometres of the Israeli border.
It is Mr Ahmadinejad's first official visit to Lebanon since he took the presidency five years ago.
Thousands of Shiite Muslims, most of them supporters of militant group Hezbollah, have turned out to greet him.
Hezbollah receives Iran's financial support and shares its hatred of Israel.
But many other Lebanese - Christians, Sunni Muslims and Druze - have expressed concern at the visit and Iran's growing influence in their country.
Today the Iranian leader will visit Hezbollah's stronghold in southern Lebanon, including villages along the border which were bombed by Israel in 2006.