Iranian, Saudi FMs Discuss Lebanon

A02510723.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia held talks at Cairo airport on Wednesday, Egyptian officials said, in a possible attempt to resolve a political crisis in Lebanon.

The Saudi minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, later had talks in the same VIP lounge at the airport with US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, who flew in from Amman.

Lebanon has not had a head of state since November due to a power struggle.

Saudi Arabia and the United States back the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora while Iran has voiced support for a coalition government, securing political involvement all the Lebanese parties. Arab diplomats say an Iranian-Saudi agreement could break the deadlock.

The officials said Prince Saud and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki talked about Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, but gave no further details.

The prince was preparing to leave Egypt after an Arab League ministerial meeting which reaffirmed an Arab plan to resolve Lebanon’s constitutional crisis.

Mottaki had come from a UN meeting in Geneva, while Egyptian officials said Welch had come on a two-day visit to talk about Israelis’ new wave of atrocities against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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