Arab league chief extends his stay in Lebanon for more mediating efforts
Beirut (ANTARA News) - Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa, who arrived here on Thursday for a two-day visit to help solve the Lebanese political crisis, had decided to extend his stay and make more mediating efforts, the official National News Agency (NNA) reported on Friday.
Moussa made the decision after his meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, said the report, without saying how long Moussa would extend his schedule.
"I will be leaving Lebanon today," Moussa told reporters earlier Friday at a press conference at the parliament building following a three-hour meeting between opposition and majority leaders.
The meeting gathered Moussa, opposition leader Gen. Michel Aoun, majority leader Saad Hariri and ex-President Amin Gemayel.
This is the second time Moussa succeeded in gathering Lebanese rival leaders since his mission started following the Arab foreign ministers` meeting, in which an Arab plan was endorsed on Jan. 6.
The three-point plan aimed at immediately electing Gen. Michel Suleiman as Lebanese President and proceeding to forming a government of national unity and drafting a new electoral law.
Lebanese presidential seat has been vacant since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24, and the sharply divided Lebanese parliament has delayed the elections 13 times without a consensus, Xinhua reported.(*) END