Iran Striving to Help Lebanese Reach Consensus

A0293580.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) Iran’s former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said in Damascus on Sunday that his country makes all efforts to help the Lebanese groups reach a consensus.Larijani, who is representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei at Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), made the remarks at a press conference while responding to a question on Iran’s stance on an Arab League (AL) plan to elect Lebanese Army Chief Michel Suleiman as president, form a national unity government and approve a new election law in Lebanon, Xinhua reported.

Larijani, who is currently on a five-day visit to Syria, also expressed hope that Arab League Chief Amr Moussa would be able to convince feuding Lebanese politicians to reach consensus on all disputed issues.

Iran and Syria share identical visions on Lebanon over the necessity to achieve concordance among all sides and support any step that may contribute to reach consensus among the Lebanese, Larijani added.

Speaking at the end of meetings with senior Syrian officials, Larijani said his talks with President Bashar al-Assad and his deputy Farouk al-Shara and Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem were “good and excellent.”

During his stay in Damascus, Larijani also held “constructive talks” on Sunday with representatives of Lebanon’s Amal and Hezbollah movements on Lebanese issues, according to sources in the Iranian embassy in Damascus.

The three sides discussed cooperation with Moussa within the framework of the AL plan to end the crisis in Lebanon, the sources said.

Lebanon is facing today the most critical situation since the1975 civil war which wrecked the country for 15 years.

Lebanese presidential seat has been vacant since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24, last year, and the sharply divided Lebanese parliament has delayed the elections for eleven times without a consensus.

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