Report: Qatar to ask Iran to convince Hezbollah of third-man solution
Qatar is inclined to talk to Iran about the Lebanese presidential file in the near future, the Beirut-based Akhbar al-Yawm news agency said Monday.
Strongly backed by the U.S. and Egypt, and after it played a role in the American-Iranian prisoner swap deal, Qatar will likely succeed in convincing Tehran of mediating with Hezbollah in order to break the impasse, the privately-owned news agency said.
Qatar is reportedly promoting a third candidate, who could be Army Commander General Joseph Aoun or any other candidate who might enjoy the consensus of the parliamentary blocs, after the divided Lebanese parliament failed to elect one of the two main candidates Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh and former Minister Jihad Azour.
Hezbollah and Amal have renewed many times their support for Franjieh, despite international efforts to reach a third-man solution.
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea for his part said that the opposition will also cling to Azour as long as the Axis of Defiance is clinging to its candidate and refusing a third option.