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BEIRUT — Iran’s international minister mentioned Thursday that Tehran desires Lebanon’s rivals to achieve an settlement to elect a brand new president within the crisis-hit nation that has been with out a head of state since October.

Hossein Amirabdollahian made his feedback throughout his first go to to Lebanon since Iran and Saudi Arabia reached an agreement in China final month to re-establish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies after seven years of tensions that had main repercussions within the tiny Mediterranean nation.

The settlement negotiated with China lowers the prospect of armed battle between the Mideast rivals — each straight and in proxy conflicts across the area. The results of the settlement embody eased tensions and an trade of prisoners between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels, in addition to improved relations between Saudi Arabia and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Lebanese teams are deeply divided between an Iran-backed coalition led by the highly effective Hezbollah group and a Western and Saudi-backed alliance. The deep divisions in Lebanon have left the nation with out a president for the reason that time period of President Michel Aoun resulted in late October.

Talking throughout a joint information convention with Amirabdollahian, Lebanese caretaker Overseas Minister Abdallah Bouhabib advised reporters, “I’m optimistic that each regional settlement and any deal between regional international locations is sweet for Lebanon.”

“The settlement between Iran and Saudi Arabia is essential for peace within the area,” Bouhabib mentioned. He didn’t elaborate.

Amirabdollahian mentioned Iran encourages all sides in Lebanon to hurry up the elections course of.

“We’ll again any election and any settlement that’s reached between events in Lebanon concerning the electing of a president,” Amirabdollahian mentioned earlier than heading to a gathering with caretaker Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Hezbollah’s ally Sleiman Frangieh and armed forces commander Gen. Joseph Aoun, are the highest candidates for president. Lebanon’s parliament held a couple of dozen periods over the previous months however didn’t elect a head of state amid deep divisions.

The biggest Christian blocs in parliament have rejected the election of Frangieh and there have been experiences in native media that Saudi Arabia is against him changing into president.

On Wednesday, Frangieh gave an extended TV interview through which he mentioned that if he’s elected president, he’ll work for higher relations between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Frangieh additionally added that his shut relations with Hezbollah and Assad may very well be used for the nice of Lebanon.