27 February, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 03/06/2007
LEBANON
More and more talk about a “Saudi” solution to Lebanon’s political crisis
Saudi ambassador meets Lebanese leaders and returns home today to refer on discussions. Sources close to Nabih Berri expect that an agreement between government majority and opposition might be possible by the end of the week.

Beirut (AsiaNews) – Lebanese leaders and diplomatic sources are increasingly optimistic that Lebanon’s political crisis might be close to solution. Key to this is Saudi Arabia’s progressively more important role, especially after the positive outcome of the meeting between Saudi King Abdullah and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and its diplomatic activity ahead of the upcoming Arab summit scheduled for late March in Riyadh.

After meeting Lebanon’s National Assembly Speaker Nabih Berri, President Emile Lahoud and Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, Saudi Arabia's Ambassador in Beirut, Abdul Aziz Khojah, is returning home to refer about his talks. In Riyadh he will find Lebanon’s majority bloc leader Saad Hariri, and General Michel Aoun, who heads a Christian party that is in the opposition alliance headed by Hezbollah.

Sources close to Berri, who heads the opposition Amal party, told The Daily Star that he and Saad Hariri are coordinating on the process of “announcing the solution,” and that he will likely hold a news conference in the next few days.

“There is a deadline set for the end of this week to announce a solution at the insistence of Saudi King Abdullah, heavy insistence,” Arafat Hijjazi, a close adviser to Berri, told the paper.

Lebanon’s Arabic daily As-Safir reports that thre are “48 hours of contacts with Lebanon rivals to agree before calling them to Saudi Arabia.”

French-language daily L’Orient Le Jour writes “that the principle of a solution seems to have been agreed,” adding however that “there is no ready made solution according to diplomatic sources.” What is more, “the opposition is not hiding its satisfaction, which indicates that it believes that the agreement is favourable to it,” whilst “Saad Hariri, Walid Jumblatt and Samir Geagea maintain a prudent silence”. 

By contrast Al Nahar writes that the “[o]ptimism that emerged following the Iranian-Saudi summit has dwindled after an announcement by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal that the Lebanon situation remains unchanged [. . .] in terms of political turmoil and lack of stability.”


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/17/2008 LEBANON
Secretary Rice brings US backing to Suleiman and Siniora
02/15/2010 LEBANON
Commemorating Rafik Hariri’s death, demanding answers from March 14 leaders
by Fady Noun
01/16/2007 LEBANON
Donors’ conference, cause of dissent between government and opposition
by Youssef Hourany
07/27/2005 LEBANON
Geagea in Paris for medical check-up and sightseeing
01/26/2007 LEBANON
Tense calm prevails as the shadow of civil war looms over Beirut
by Paul Dakiki

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.