The Lebanese daily newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday that France and Egypt seek a mediation with Saudi to keep the Lebanese Prime Minister in his post.
The paper added that intensive meetings were held on Monday night in Cyprus between Egyptian and French officials joining President Abdol Fattah Al-Sisi in Nicosia, where an Egyptian-Cypriot-Greek was scheduled to be held.
According to Al-Akhbar’s sources, France insists that PM Hariri remains in office, expressing worries about any governmental vacuum that results from the resignation, “which may lead into a political, security and economic instability.”
Al-Akhbar noted that negotiations were held between Egypt on one hand and UAE and Saudi on the other in order to preserve the political settlement reached by all the Lebanese parties and supported by the Arab League, according to which PM Hariri keeps in his post.
President Michel Aoun is meanwhile “exerting all efforts possible to relaunch the political and constitutional process in the country, leading serious negotiations away from the media spotlight to create a climate that would keep Hariri in his post,” al-Akhbar reported.
It quoted informed sources as saying that Aoun has told France and Hariri that “everything that has happened until now indicates that the political settlement is still in place.”
Source: Al-Manar Website