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In a unified stance, Washington, Riyadh, and Doha have firmly rejected France’s ongoing involvement in the Lebanese presidential elections, according to a recent media report.
They have made it clear that they will not extend any additional time for the settlement plan proposed by France, deeming it as completed, as reported by the al-Akhbar newspaper.
Notably, the United States and Saudi Arabia have taken a stand against the nomination of Suleiman Franjieh, the leader of the Marada Movement, for the presidency.
Prominent U.S. officials have communicated to their French counterparts that Washington favors General Joseph Aoun as the ideal candidate to run for president.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has clarified that General Aoun is not their candidate, but they do not oppose his potential election.
Furthermore, they have expressed their rejection of the settlement proposal put forth by the French, which called for Franjieh’s election and was a result of negotiations with Hezbollah.
In fact, Saudi Ambassador Walid Bukhari emphasized Lebanon’s responsibility for choosing its president independently, underlining the urgency of timely elections.
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