Hezbollah, Turkey, Qatar discuss crisis

Jan. 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah met in Lebanon with Turkish and Qatari officials to address the political crisis in Beirut, Hezbollah said.

Nasrallah welcomed the Turkish and Qatari foreign ministers to Lebanon as part of an effort to help mediate the political crisis unfolding in Lebanon.

"The meeting addressed the current political crisis in Lebanon, notably the issue of the international tribunal and the new government," Hezbollah said in a statement on its al-Manar news station.

The ministers met with Nasrallah before official visits with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hezbollah led an opposition walkout last week that collapsed the fragile unity government while Hariri was visiting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Hezbollah is upset that Hariri is supporting the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is investigating the 2005 assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Saudi officials announced they were giving up their efforts to help broker a political settlement to the STL crisis.

The tribunal this week handed over a sealed indictment to a pretrial judge but stressed anyone named in the indictment is innocent until proven guilty.

Hezbollah, which is suspected to be connected to the assassination, says the STL is part of an Israeli plot.

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