| 18 July 2024, Thursday |

Will presidential vacuum end following France, Qatar initiatives ?

The presidential file, which is caught in the conflict between the political parties, particularly the Shiite duo, who are attempting to obstruct the presidential entitlement, is hanging by a thread as delegates visit Lebanon. The countries that are concerned about this nation are still doing everything they can to save the presidential file.

It appears that the Qatari envoy is following in the footsteps of France, which initially entered the presidential race without offering any solutions and instead entered with a presidential initiative that promoted the opposition candidate, Sleiman Franjieh, but this initiative failed very quickly. Regarding Qatar, it is actively investing efforts to address this file while staying aware of everyone’s intentions.

In this context, according to Arab diplomatic sources, the mediations, whether French, Qatari or Egyptian, in the presidential election file are still in a vortex, with no retreat or progress, waiting for the regional scene to clear up, regarding the level of worsening crises, in a number of hotspots.

Sources told Sawt Beirut International that the current council is unable to complete the presidential election and find the necessary solutions to begin the recovery and reform plan and transition to a new political and constitutional administration.

“There is a dual movement between the French and Qatari initiatives that is still taking place. While awaiting the return of French presidential envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian to Lebanon again this month, Qatari envoy Abou Fahad Jassim Al Thani is still in Lebanon to discuss the presidential election file, and the third presidential option is being seriously discussed,” sources confirmed.

“The Five-Year Committee, with all its components, is clear in the decision of the third option, and it is difficult for Iran to confront this trend. Thus, the third option is a major development that allows the delegates to address the presidential problem as quickly as possible.”

  • Sawt Beirut International