Joseph Bahout, expert on Middle East politics, explains why chances of reaching a compromise over a possible candidate are slim.
The chances of reaching a compromise are slim. It would be possible if Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, the US agree to break a deal on Lebanon and dissociate it from their greater conflicts in the region. But this does not seem to be the case, the US is hardening its stance on Iran and Syria, and the Europeans are toughening their position on Syria, and Syria and Saudi Arabia have broken diplomatic relations.
Date created : 2007-10-17