French Foreign Ministry official Jean Francois Giraud, center, and French Ambassador to Lebanon Patrice Paoli, right, arrive at the foreign ministry in Beirut, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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French presidential envoy Jean-Francois Girault, who held talks with rival Lebanese leaders in Beirut earlier this month on the seven-month-old presidential crisis, is taking a wait-and-see attitude before visiting Saudi Arabia and Iran early next year for similar talks, according to Western diplomatic sources.The most important of these signals came from Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, who, when asked during his visit to Beirut earlier this month about Iran's stance on the election, said it was up to the major Lebanese parties to decide on a president.Iran can ask Hezbollah to persuade Aoun to withdraw from the presidency race, but it will not do that because the presidential vacuum will not affect its interests, the source said.Therefore, Iran is not in a rush for any compromise over the presidential election in Lebanon.
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