Sunday, May 13, 2007

Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria are holding consultations to find a solution to the Lebanese crisis

BEIRUT (IRNA) -- A Lebanese news source has said that the foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria are holding consultations to find a solution to the Lebanese crisis.

The Lebanese �As-Safir� daily Saturday quoted certain sources who are pursuing the case as saying the Saudi foreign minister in his meeting with his Iranian counterpart has laid emphasis on discussing ongoing developments in Lebanon while the Iranian minister said there would be no obstacle in this regard.

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manuchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of an international meeting recently held in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh port city on Iraqi security.

As-Safir added Mottaki has called on Al-Faisal to raise the issue with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem, saying the Syrian minister has welcomed the case.

Al-Moualem has presented a proposal on holding a tripartite meeting between Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria in Damascus to discuss Lebanon, said the daily, adding Tehran and Riyadh have given a positive response to the offer.

The Lebanese daily, however, believes the case needs more consultations.

Tehran and Riyadh have made efforts during recent months to reduce tension in Lebanon.

The Lebanese were to reach an agreement but it was not achieved following lack of understanding and mutual confidence among domestic Lebanese groups.

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