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Saudi Arabia abandons Lebanese mediation

Saudi Arabia abandons Lebanese mediation
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The foreign ministers of Turkey and Qatar have held talks with Lebanon’s divided political factions in a bid to find a way out of the country’s latest political crisis.

The meeting took place after Saudi Arabian mediation efforts collapsed.

Hezbollah recently pulled out of Lebanon’s ruling coalition after a dispute over a UN tribunal’s investigation into the killing of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in 2005.

One man in Beirut, Fadi Miqati, said: ‘‘Saudi Arabia has a lot of interests in Lebanon and would not abandon the country altogether.”

Hezbollah has been angered by accusations that it was involved in Hariri’s assassination, something it denies.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has also invited Lebanon’s caretaker prime mininster Saad al- Hariri to Paris ahead of a summit between all the parties.