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March 14 mulls steps to reach out to Tehran
File - Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, center, speaks during a March 14 meeting in Majdalyoun, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
File - Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, center, speaks during a March 14 meeting in Majdalyoun, Sunday, July 7, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition is mulling steps to reach out to Tehran and the six world powers that recently signed a nuclear agreement with the Iranian republic, a source from the March 14 coalition told The Daily Star.

The source said that former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora had sent two messages to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani but has not received any answer yet.

“The March 14 coalition is considering steps to approach Iran and the countries engaged in the recent nuclear agreement to clarify the coalition’s view over such a deal and the latest developments in the region,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

“However, nothing is concrete yet.”

Last month, Iran signed a historic interim accord with the P5+1 group, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany, and agreed to curb its disputed nuclear program in exchange for a limited relief of sanctions that have been battering its oil-dependent economy.

The March 14 alliance is also seeking to voice its concern to Iran over the situation in Lebanon and the Arab world and the repercussions of the ongoing involvement of Hezbollah in the battles in neighboring Syria, the source said.

According to the source, Siniora cabled Rouhani after his electoral victory congratulating him for becoming president.

The second message was sent after the nuclear agreement was signed, the source said.

The message explained Iran's expected role in Lebanon on the basis of mutual respect and the dangers of Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria.

Rouhani did not reply to any of the cables yet, the source said.

The March 14 coalition has repeatedly slammed Hezbollah, Iran’s ally, for fighting alongside the Assad regime troops in the war-torn Syria.

The source said that the March 14 leadership discussed such possible rapprochement.

Siniora has recently met with Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Gegea over this issue, the source said.

During his talks with Gemayel, Siniora discussed a meeting between the Kataeb leader and Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi that took place earlier this month.

After his meeting with Iran’s envoy, Gemayel had called on Iran to utilize the nuclear agreement to contribute to “security and peace in the Middle East region and Lebanon, given its historic role and special ties with a number of parties, especially in Lebanon.”

 
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