Egypt alarmed at presidential vacuum in Lebanon

Published August 18th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
An empty presidential chair. (AFP/File)
An empty presidential chair. (AFP/File)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed on Wednesday Egypt's concern over the presidential vacuum in Lebanon and its consequences over the country's future.

The statements came during a meeting in Beirut between Egypt's foreign minister and a number of Lebanese officials, where they focused on discussing the domestic political situation in Lebanon as well as suggestions and proposals to end the power vacuum.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 following the end of president Michel Suleiman's term as parliament has been unable to elect a head of state since then due to deep disagreements. 

According to a statement by Egypt's foreign ministry, Shoukry confirmed Cairo's support for all efforts aimed at resolving the political crisis in Lebanon and helping Lebanese political groups find common ground.

Shoukry said that Egypt is making available all of its regional and international relations and providing all forms of assistance to the Lebanese, saying that his country would spare no effort to help resolve the situation in Lebanon.

Egypt supports any initiatives that look to build consensus among rival parties, aiming at preventing Lebanon from entering a "dark tunnel" that would present a threat to the country's political and economic conditions, according to the statement.

The meeting witnessed the participation of a number Lebanese figures, including Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, head of the Lebanese Forces Party Samir Geagea, president of the Kataeb party Samy Gemayel, former president Michel Soliman and former prime minister Fouad Siniora.

Shoukry said on Tuesday that he has several suggestions that would help resolve the Lebanese crisis, including pushing for a new elections bill, formation of a Lebanese government as well as choosing a new head of state through a comprehensive deal.


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