Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi attends a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Iran's ambassador to Lebanon Monday voiced optimism on the formation of an all-embracing government but warned that a failure to do so could jeopardize the upcoming presidential election.Lebanon enters a two-month constitutional period on March 25 to prepare for the election of the next head of state.Roknabadi said Lebanon's state security agencies, including Army Intelligence, the Internal Security Forces and the police's Information Branch, had all contributed positively in the probe of the Embassy attack that killed 30 people, including an Iranian diplomat.Roknabadi also said his government had been urged to convince Assad not to run again for president.Speaking in Davos last month, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif called for the withdrawal of foreign fighters from Syria so that the people could decide their own futures.The Iranian envoy also said recent measures by Saudi Arabia suggested a change in Riyadh's foreign policy and he predicted a rapprochement was close at hand between Tehran and the Arab kingdom.
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