BEIRUT: Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fathali visited Lebanese Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Monday, stressing his country’s openness and seriousness in dealing with the presidential vacuum.
“The presidential elections are Lebanese elections par-excellence,” Ali said after the meeting, stressing that his country did not interfere in internal Lebanese politics.
“Iran does not intervene in internal affairs despite having many friends in Lebanon, and it does not have a [presidential] candidate or a veto on anyone,” Azzi quoted the ambassador as saying.
Ali said that his visit to the deputy-head of the Kataeb Party came as a part of Iran’s intention to “build balanced and constructive relations with all the parties of the Lebanese political community.”
Lebanon has been living in presidential vacuum since the end of former President Michel Sleiman’s term on May 25. The prolongation of the presidential void is often attributed to the lack of a Saudi-Iranian agreement, since the two countries exert wide political influence in the country.