Report: US, France, KSA, Egypt seek framework agreement on Lebanon

Consultations are ongoing between the U.S., France and Saudi Arabia to reach a “framework agreement” over the new Lebanese president, in coordination with Egypt and a number of regional countries, highly informed sources said.

“Meetings were held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia to review what needs to be done in order not to prolong the presidential void,” the sources told al-Liwaa newspaper in remarks published Wednesday, noting that French President Emmanuel Macron is coordinating with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in this regard.

The presidential file was meanwhile discussed during a visit to Bkirki by Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwy, who said that his talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi tackled “the importance of completing the constitutional junctures and resuming the formation of the political authority in Lebanon by immediately electing a president, forming a government and launching a workshop that Lebanon direly needs.”

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