FRANCE URGES DIALOGUE AMONG LEBANESE PARTIES TO EASE STALEMATE

BEIRUT, Lebanon- Visiting French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, urged Tuesday, all Lebanese parties to engage in dialogue, to “find a solution” to the political stalemate, the country has been going through.

Ayrault said that, Lebanon must overcome the crisis, to confront the economic, security and social challenges, including the Syrian refugee crisis.

He made the remarks, following his meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Tammam Salam, on the second day of his official visit to the country.

“This is a call for everyone to shoulder their responsibilities, in order to find a solution through dialogue,” he added.

The French minister had voiced the same call on Monday evening, during a dinner banquet, in honour of the presidential candidates and heads of the political parties.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, 2014, when the tenure of former President, Michel Suleiman, ended, and the parliament failed to elect an incumbent, due to the sharp political division among the Iranian and Syrian backed March 8 camp and the Saudi and western backed March 14 camp.

After talks with Salam, Ayrault said, he will soon resume his international contacts, “so that we can cooperate for the sake of finding a solution for Lebanon.”

Ayrault’s arrived in Lebanon on Monday and inspected his country’s battalion, working within the framework of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and held talks with the al-Mustaqbal Movement leader, ex-PM Saad Hariri.

Ayrault also met with leaders of some political parties, including Free Patriotic Movement, Marada Movement and Lebanese Forces.

He is also scheduled to meet with the head of Hezbollah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP, Mohammed Raad.

Source: Name News Network

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