Report: Macron to propose three presidential choices in Biden talks
French President Emmanuel Macron who is currently visiting Washington will try to convince U.S. President Joe Biden to separate the Lebanese presidential elections from the Iranian nuclear deal, a diplomatic source in Paris said.
The source told Nidaa al-Watan newspaper, in remarks published Thursday, that Macron will discuss with Biden the urgent need to prioritize the presidential election file, suggesting three presidential choices.
According to the source, the first choice is Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun. The second is reaching a compromise in which Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh would be elected as President, and in return, a Prime Minister from the opposition forces would be appointed. The third choice would be a moderate candidate.
The source expected that Macron would get a U.S. green light to continue his mission regarding the Lebanese presidential file and to communicate with Saudi Arabia and Iran.