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Iran renews push for Lebanon presidential election

THE LEVANT NEWS– Iran Wednesday reiterated its support for the election of a new president as hope faded for Lebanon after 18 months of a power vacuum.

“We strongly support the continuation of the political process and the election of a president,” Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told reporters after meeting Speaker Nabih Berri.

His remarks came shortly after Berri postponed for the 31st time the presidential vote due to lack of quorum.

Abdul-Lahian said Iran has yet to decide whether to take part in the second round of Syria talks in Vienna Saturday, Al-Mayadeen television channel quoted him as saying.

In a newsbreak, Al-Mayadeen quoted Abdollahian as saying that Tehran’s participation depended on Washington’s “answers regarding some unilateral actions taken by some sides [attending the talks] without consulting others,” Reuters said.

An Iranian official was quoted last week as saying the Islamic Republic would attend the talks.

SOURCE: The Daily Star

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