CAIRO: Interim President Adly Mansour received on Monday Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to discuss Egyptian support for dialogue between parties in Beirut, according to a press release issued Monday by the presidency.
Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and Lebanese Ambassador to Cairo Khaled Zyada also attended the meeting at the headquarters of the presidency in Heliopolis.
Mansour said that Egypt is looking forward to seeing the “exceptional circumstances facing Lebanon” resolved, and seeing Lebanese parties overcome the hindrance of the formation of a government, said spokesperson for the office of the presidency Ehab Badawy in the press release.
The president also added that Egypt condemns the explosions and assassinations witnessed recently in Lebanon, the statement said.
Stressing Egypt’s supportive stance toward party dialogue in Lebanon, Mansour highlighted Egyptian efforts to invest in balanced relations with all parties to achieve stability inside Lebanon.
Mansour said in the statement he welcomes continuous cooperation between both countries in different fields and in business transactions and economic ties.
Michel Suleiman’s mandate as the incumbent Lebanese president nears its end on May 25. The officials also discussed at the meeting the internal situation in Lebanon and the influence of the Syrian crisis on Lebanese affairs.
Bassil said that Lebanon is impacted by the Syrian situation, positively and negatively.
Originally published in Youm7.