The Lebanese parliament failed today and for the 27th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 last year
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the sessions.
“We do not meddle in internal Lebanese affairs and neither should other countries, ” he said during the second day of his trip to Beirut:
“Iran extends its hands to neighboring countries for cooperation,” added Zarif.
He stated that the nuclear deal that Tehran had signed with major powers in July underlines the importance of dialogue in ending disputes.
“We demonstrated that the use of force and sanctions cannot resolve regional conflicts,” he remarked, while noting that countries in the region now have the opportunity to adopt such an approach.
“Lebanon is a symbol of dialogue and constructive cooperation among its diverse people,” said Zarif.
Bassil on the other handsaid Zarif brings with him three victories during his Beirut trip:
– The second : “He also brings with him the victory of dialogue against international isolation,” a possible reference to the nuclear deal.
-The third : “He brings with him the victory against the takfiri threat,” he stated, while stressing that “we stand in a single trench with Iran in confronting this challenge.”
Earlier, Zarif had held talks with Speaker Nabih Berri and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel.
He had arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday as part of a tour of the region.
He kicked off his talks by meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail and later Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallahat an undisclosed location
Zarif heads to Syria on Wednesday after concluding his trip to Lebanon.
Many experts believe Iran does not want a president in Lebanon for the time being and is working behind the scenes to abolish the Taif accord which calls for equal power sharing between the Muslims and the Christians