Turkey, Qatar halt efforts to mediate Lebanon crisis

Davutoglu, Qatari PM say proposals to quell turmoil after Hizbullah leaves Lebanese government, were met with "reservations."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 20, 2011 10:58
1 minute read.
The three leaders met in Beirut, Tuesday.

hariri al thani_311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Turkey and Qatar decided on Thursday to stop efforts to alleviate the political crisis in Turmoil after two days of mediating between the country's opposing parties.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters that their proposals were met with "reservations."

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The two reportedly left Beirut before dawn, issuing a statement that they discussed ideas based on the Saudi-Syrian initiative to stop the current political turmoil in Lebanon after Hizbullah brought down the government.

"Because of some reservations," to proposed solutions, "they have decided to halt their efforts in Lebanon at this time and leave Beirut to consult with their leaderships," the statement said.

Sheikh Hamad and Davutoglu held separate talks with each of the Lebanese leaders, Reuters reported, including a four-hour meetings with Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri and Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia abandoned efforts to mediate the crisis.


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