Iran Backs Arab League Efforts to End Lebanon Deadlock

A009017243.jpg TEHRAN (FNA) Iran on Wednesday said that it backs the Arab League chief Amr Mussa’s efforts to persuade warring Lebanese factions to agree a compromise plan allowing the election of a new president.

“We appreciate the efforts exerted by the Arab League and we consider it to be a good base to solve the Lebanese problems,” Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters.

“We support the Arab initiative presented by Mr. Amr Mussa to all Lebanese sides,” he said in a joint press conference with visiting Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Mohammed al-Sabah.

Mussa is to return to Beirut on Wednesday for another attempt to persuade rival leaders to agree on a plan to end the crisis in Lebanon, which has been without a president since Emile Lahoud stepped down in November.

The Lebanese parliament has been unable to elect a successor to Lahoud because of uncompromising nature of the Western-backed ruling party.

The Arab initiative is based on a three-point plan calling for the election of army chief General Michel Sleiman as president, a national unity government in which no one party has veto power, and adopting a new electoral law.

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