Governments of several countries are preparing to intensify their contacts with the main political forces in Lebanon in an attempt to push the presidential elections to be held on their constitutional date and block those who bet on postponing them.
Postponing the presidential elections would take the country into a state of deadly void.
However, the decision of the heads of these countries to operate their political engines will be delayed until early September due to their summer vacations, which have halted communications with the main Lebanese parliamentary blocs.
This means that their intervention will only start, if any, during the constitutional period for electing the Lebanese president.
Prominent political sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that France has not yet lost its weight to create the conditions leading to the election of the president on time.
France was reportedly satisfied with the meeting of the head of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP), Walid Jumblatt, with two officials from Hezbollah in charge of managing the Lebanese file, and they are in contact with its chief Hassan Nasrallah.
The same sources pointed out that France calls for “finding a common political space to expand and activate the dialogue” so that it is not limited to the PSP and Hezbollah.
“Because the alternative will be to plunge the country into a deadly vacancy that raises the level of crisis that hinders its removal from the catastrophic state in which it is floundering, and which brought it to the bottom of the total collapse,” the sources added.
The sources expected Moscow to enter the Lebanese presidential file, because it is not about to “vacate the arena for Washington and Paris.”
“Its preoccupation with its war in Ukraine does not mean that it is obliged not to pay attention to the Lebanese arena,” the sources said.
The Russian administration is reportedly preparing to dispatch to Beirut the Russian President’s Special Representative for the MENA region, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who will communicate with Moscow’s allies about the presidential election.
Russia has fears that instability in Lebanon will spread to Syria, which is of interest, given its political and military influence there.