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Saudi-Lebanese Summit to open the path for dialogue between Lebanese


November 19, 2013

The Saudi-Lebanese summit stressed the need to increase the opportunities for dialogue between Lebanese to end the political crisis that lasted for several months, and to dissociate itself from the Syrian crisis due to its serious implications on Lebanon.

This is the summary of the meeting, which was held Monday, 11/11/2013 in  Riyadh between  King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the Lebanese President, Michel Sleiman who  also met during his time in Saudi Arabia, a number of Saudi officials, in addition to Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri.

Before the bilateral summit, news revealed that President Sleiman visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the means to form a new government, and to know the opinion of Riyadh regarding the extension of his presidency, but the facts show that Saudi chose not to intervene in such affairs for being Lebanese matter.

The discussions covered the bilateral relations and the means to improve them, in addition to the situation of Syrians refuges in Lebanon, where Riyadh has pledged to provide immediate assistance.

During t the meeting, which lasted about forty minutes, the Saudi king asked  the Lebanese president on the reasons of  not forming a government so far and the impact of the Hezbollah interference in Syria .President Sleiman said that the conflict between Lebanese impede the  agreement on any government referring that it is expected to form a government in January or February next year, because it is the time of the presidential elections and Lebanese need to find a satisfactory solution for all parties to avoid having a presidential emptiness in addition to government absence and  the interruption in parliament.

As for the second point, President Sleiman said that the Lebanese army is unable to prevent Hezbollah from fight in Syria; it is an issue of regional and international dimensions.

Saudi leaders know this but they had to hear the views of President Sleiman to reach a conclusion that dialogue is the best way to improve the situation starting with the agreement of Baabda considered as a point of departure that would be developed on the dialogue table to include other subjects.

But will the Lebanese agree to return to the dialogue table according to Baabda agreement? this question lead us to state that  each of 8 and 14 march coalition explain the agreement content according to their own point of view.

If the forces of March 8 proposed on behalf of President Nabih Berri that the dialogue table will address the subject of an agreement to form a new government and to consider all the conflicts , March 14 coalition suggests to form a government at first and then establish a dialogue, for them, the adherence of Hezbollah to the government is conditional, it should retire from Syria

Within this situation, we can say that the solution is still far from reach actually, everyone is awaiting the unfolding events in Syria and is aware that any solution requires a meeting between Teheran and Riyadh.

Information revealed that Washington gave Paris the mission of Lebanese issue but it is not able alone to accomplish this mission without help from the regional powers specially that Paris is not on the side according to 8 march coalition when it come to the Syrian issue or the Iranian nuclear despite the fact that it opened the path to the communication with the political branch of Hezbollah and not the military one.



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