In a recent revelation to the Lebanese newspaper 'Al-Jumhuriya', a diplomatic source from an Arab nation within the 'Quintet' committee disclosed specifics surrounding the visit of French envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian to Beirut. The source pointed out that Le Drian's visit, though reflective of France's position, is not officially sanctioned by the Quintet and lacks coordination with its other primary nations.
Le Drian's Uncoordinated Visit
Le Drian's current sojourn to Beirut, according to the source, is an independent move, unaligned with the main countries of the Quintet. Despite lacking the Quintet's formal backing, Le Drian's proposals during meetings are largely a translation of France's stance on the Lebanese situation and do not bind all Quintet parties.
The source detailed four fundamental prerequisites that their country insists on for the forthcoming presidential elections in Lebanon. The candidate should be free from corruption charges and must possess an economic reform project in line with the International Monetary Fund's guidelines to pull Lebanon out of its crisis. They should be capable of restoring Lebanon's foreign relations, particularly with Arab and Gulf states, and should not represent just their own environment but be open to all internal components.
Support for Sleiman Frangieh
The source revealed that their country views Sleiman Frangieh, leader of the Marada Movement, as a person who fits these criteria, hence endorsing his election as president if he secures the requisite majority in the parliament. The source's country also does not object to the election of the army commander if he manages to gain enough support.
Foreign Sanctions and Imposed Candidates
The diplomatic source's country, wielding significant regional influence, rejects the idea of foreign sanctions on Lebanese political figures accused of blocking the presidential elections. They believe such actions would sever communication with essential players and potentially harden their attitudes. They are also against any imposed candidates, advocating for a minimum internal consensus on the right candidate. If such a candidate meets the four fundamental prerequisites, they would receive their country's support and assistance.