French-Saudi-Turkish-Qatari Consultations in Paris to Reach Solution to Lebanese Crisis

A meeting between the French, Saudi Arabia, Turkish, and Qatari foreign ministers is expected to be held in Paris on Sunday in order to reach a solution to the Lebanese political crisis, reported the daily An Nahar Sunday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to also join these talks, in a sign of France’s determination to continue efforts that would ensure Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty.

Informed French sources told the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat Sunday that the consultations are dependent on developments in Lebanon, especially Monday and Tuesday’s parliamentary consultations to appoint a new prime minister.

The daily added that the quartet meeting in Paris may be postponed if the Turkish foreign minister is unable to attend.

Meanwhile, Voice of Lebanon radio reported on Sunday that the French leadership is working in coordination with regional and concerned countries to prepare a contact group that would include France, Turkey, and Qatar that would start its functioning on Monday.

The group would visit Lebanon at the beginning of the week to take get informed of the latest developments in the country, it added.

On Saturday, Secretary General of the French presidency Claude Gueant held talks in Riyadh with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal on the situation in Lebanon.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani was in Paris on Saturday to hold talks on Lebanon, while Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is also set to arrive in Paris on Sunday for similar consultations.

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