Egypt FM: We want to help Lebanese politicians reconcile

2016-08-16 22:11
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Beirut. (AFP)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Beirut. (AFP)

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Beirut - Egypt's foreign minister says he is visiting Lebanon to help rival Lebanese political groups find common ground.

Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 and parliament has been unable to elect a head of state because of deep disagreements.

After meeting with his Lebanese counterpart on Tuesday, Sameh Shoukry told reporters that Egypt didn't favour any side. "Our role is that of a facilitator."

Asked about the prospects for reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey, Shoukry said "it is not up to Egypt to approach this issue, but it is up to those who continue to advocate policies that are detrimental to Egypt".

Egypt's 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was harshly condemned by Turkey. The two countries have had tense relations since.

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