Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry met on Wednesday with prominent political figures in Lebanon, proposing approaches to solve the country’s presidential vacuum.
Shoukry met with politician Samir Geagea, who praised Egypt’s positive role in supporting stability in Lebanon, adding that he hopes Egypt can return back to its vital role in the region that was lost amid ongoing conflicts in the Arab region, according to a statement.
Shoukry said he has listened to all the different parties in Lebanon, and what they all have in common is Lebanon’s best interest and stability, adding that he discussed with Geagea potential solutions to achieve stability in the Arab region. He added that all the different parties in Lebanon should reach consensus to regain Lebanon’s vital role in regard to security in Arab countries.
The foreign affairs minister concluded by saying that the conflict in Lebanon will be solved soon due to the willingness of the different parties to reach a solution, adding that Egypt will continue to work on bringing the different opinions together until they reach an effective solution.
Shoukry also met on Tuesday with former Lebanese president Michel Suleiman to discuss the security situation in Lebanon and the crisis of the presidential vacuum that has been present for about three years.
Suleiman’s consultant had told the privately owned Al-Youm Al-Sabaa that the meeting will tackle Egypt’s role in the region and its contributions to assist Lebanon.
Shoukry met Tuesday with several officials including his Lebanese counterpart, the prime minister, head of the Lebanese parliament and several other Lebanese officials. They discussed Egypt’s keen interest in electing a new Lebanese president.
The foreign ministry said that the visit comes to confirm Egypt’s support for Lebanon and the strong ties between the two countries. The political turmoil in Lebanon has been ongoing for years. The country is comprised of a number of political factions that have not settled on a president.