Qatari, Turkish foreign ministers continue mediation talks in Beirut

13:22, January 20, 2011      

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The foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey on Wednesday continued their mediation efforts here in a bid to defuse a political crisis arising from the resignation of Hezbollah ministers from the unity government.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr al-Thani held talks with Lebanon's top officials and the leader of Shiite armed group Hezbollah. They are expected to stay in the Lebanese capital on Thursday to work toward a working agreement that will resolve the deadlock.

Lebanon was plunged into political turmoil after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government collapsed last week when 11 Hezbollah- affiliated ministers resigned over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is probing the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

The court is widely expected to point the finger at Hezbollah members, sparking fears of violence erupting among Sunnis and Shiites.

Saudi Arabia has abandoned its mediation talks on creating a new Lebanese government after the resignation of Hezbollah ministers, Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV reported Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua
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