Egypt participates in five-nation group meeting on ending Lebanon presidential vacuum

Ahram Online , Saturday 3 Feb 2024

Egypt's Ambassador to Lebanon Alaa Moussa headed the Egyptian delegation participating in the meeting of the five-nation group on Lebanon, which comprises Egypt, the US, France, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, along with the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri.

Nabih Berri
Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri, receives Egypt's Ambassador to Lebanon, Alaa Moussa, along with ambassadors participating in the meeting of the five-nation group on Lebanon. Photo courtesy of Nabih Berri

 

Egypt's participation in the meeting of the five-nation group on Lebanon comes within the framework of Cairo's diplomatic efforts to support Lebanon, enhance its stability, and help its people to end the current state of presidential vacancy, according to the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The Egyptian delegation participating in the meeting stressed the keenness of the group members to provide all possible assistance to facilitate closer collaboration among Lebanese political parties without intervening or encroaching upon the exclusive right and responsibility of the Lebanese Parliament to nominate candidates for the presidency.

The delegation stressed Cairo's keenness to hold the Lebanese presidential elections promptly to lay the groundwork for the finalization of Lebanese state institutions and the implementation of necessary reforms.

From his side, Speaker Berri praised the unified stance of the five countries in supporting Lebanon, reaffirming his commitment to collaborating with diverse Lebanese political parties and the international community to accelerate the conclusion of the presidential elections.

Lebanon has endured a presidential vacuum since October 2022 as it grapples with a financial crisis dubbed by the World Bank as one of the worst in modern history - with a currency in free fall and soaring poverty rates.

The five-nation group, launched in 2023, represents a coordination framework embodying the Arab and international community’s support for Lebanon's stability.

It had previously held coordination meetings at the level of senior officials of the foreign ministries and ambassadors of the five countries in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

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