Report: Doha offers Lebanon $1B and incentives to Franjieh to withdraw


A Qatari envoy visiting Lebanon has said that his country is willing to immediately deposit $1 billion in Lebanon’s central bank once a new president is elected, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Saturday.

Shiite Duo sources meanwhile told al-Liwaa newspaper that Hezbollah will definitely not ask Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh to withdraw from the presidential race.

But the sources added that Hezbollah would agree to discuss other choices if the Qataris convince Franjieh to withdraw.

The daily added that Qatar has reduced the number of its proposed candidates to two -- Joseph Aoun and Elias Bayssari -- while offering Marada to have two ministers in the new government and financial aid for the institutions and associations that it runs, in addition to working on lifting sanctions off ex-minister Youssef Fenianos.

"But Marada's response was rejection and asserting that Suleiman Franjieh's withdrawal from the electoral race is impossible," the newspaper added.

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