Arab League Secretary-General, Amr Moussa embarked on a quiet diplomacy mission in Lebanon on Wednesday in an effort to defuse growing political and sectarian tensions threatening to unravel the country.
Moussa met with Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, head of the Catholic Maronite Church on Wednesday, day thirteen of pro-Syrian Hezbollah-led protests aimed at toppling Lebanese Prime Minister (PM) Fuad Saniora.
"There is hope, we are trying to achieve progress and I hope we succeed in it", Moussa told reporters after the meeting with Sfeir.
Since his arrival in Beirut on Tuesday, Moussa has also held talks with Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah.
Wednesdays developments saw Saniora approve plans for the creation of a United Nations backed international tribunal that would seek to try
suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, Premier Rafik Hariri.
The tribunal is fiercely opposed by Hezbollah as the UN probe believes several Lebanese pro-Syrian generals are among those involved in the incident.
The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah oppose moving ahead with the tribunal, saying the government must first be reshuffled to give it and its allies more power.
Six ministers from the Shiite Muslim group and its allies resigned from the cabinet in November because they were not granted effective veto power.
The pro-government factions and the United States have accused Hezbollah's two main sponsors - Syria and Iran - of seeking to overthrow the government.
Hezbollah retorts that Saniora acts on behalf of Washington.