Report: MBS told Paris presidential vote is 'sovereign Lebanese affair'


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has told the French that the presidential vote in Lebanon is a “sovereign Lebanese affair,” the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“The page has been turned on the candidate of (the Axis of) Defiance, Suleiman Franjieh, in light of the results of the June 14 electoral session,” the daily added.

A diplomatic source in Paris meanwhile told the newspaper that there is “near-unanimity” among the influential capitals that the presidential vote cannot be finalized according to “the previous agreement between Paris and Hezbollah.”

“This impossibility is the result of Christian unanimity on rejecting Franjieh and this unanimity cannot be bypassed,” the source added.

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