Saudi, Iran Negotiating to End Lebanon Crisis

A0243061.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Saudi Arabia and Iran are negotiating a deal to end the standoff in Lebanon, diplomatic sources said in Beirut on Thursday.

They said Prince Bandar bin Sultan held talks with senior Iranian official Ali Larijani in Tehran to try to reach an agreement that both the government and the opposition would accept, a day after protests led to clashes that killed three people and raised fears the country was sliding toward civil strife.

The opposition, which includes Hezbollah, has been demanding veto power in government and early elections. Saudi-backed Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his allies have refused to give in.

The Lebanese sources did not give many details on the proposed deal but one source said it covered formation of a unity government and an understanding on a UN-backed international court to try suspects in the killing of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.

Shiite Muslim Hezbollah has said it did not oppose the court but wanted to discuss its details.

The source said if there was an agreement in Tehran, the Saudis would present an initiative to resolve the crisis at an international aid conference for Lebanon in Paris.

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