Lebanese majority, opposition welcome Arab FMs’ resolution

By Xinhua

Beirut : Lebanese ruling majority and opposition made statements here on Sunday to express their welcome over the resolution to end Lebanese crisis reached at the meeting of the Arab Foreign Ministers Council.

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According to reports, Arab foreign ministers adopted a three-point action plan on Saturday to solve the Lebanese crisis in Egypt’s capital of Cairo, calling for a swift consensus on Lebanese president election to pick out army chief General Michel Suleiman as president.

They also urged all parties in Lebanon to reach an immediate agreement on forming a national unity government in line with the constitution and to draft a new election law following the Lebanese presidential election and forming a new government.

Parliament majority leader Saad Hariri described the resolution as a “historic stance that expresses the real Arab will in rejecting all kinds of pressure on our country.”

“It also gives the Lebanese people moral, political and national support that will enable them to tide over the current period,” he added.

Former President Amin Gemayel made a statement that the Arab plan is serious and will help immediately solve the problem of the presidential election in Lebanon.

Gemayel called on all parties not to impose precondition or set obstacle for solving problems.

In a statement released Sunday, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a main opposition leader praised “Arab unanimity on (safeguarding) Lebanon’s supreme interest,” adding that “We hope it would be carried out in reality.”

Mohammad Raad, the head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, said the movement would wait to see what follows the Arab ministerial meeting.

“We don’t want to be pessimistic or block the route to any productive decision, especially in a complicated matter like the Lebanese issue,” he added.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa will also visit Lebanon within 48 hours to negotiate with all parties in Lebanon on the three-point action plan.

The Lebanese presidential seat has been vacant since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24, and the sharply divided Lebanese parliament has postponed the presidential elections for 11 times till Jan. 12.