Saudi FM Rejects Candidacy of Aoun, Fears 'Hidden Intentions'

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Saudi Arabia has reportedly rejected the nomination of Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun for the presidency, expressing fear over his “hidden intentions.”

Informed Lebanese sources told As Safir newspaper published on Tuesday that Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal informed local and foreign officials that he refuses to adopt the candidacy of Aoun.

“We cannot forget his history... A consensual character cannot be made in one day,” sources quoted al-Faisal as saying.

He voiced concern over Aoun's “hidden intentions regarding the Lebanese national pact if he was elected as a head of state,” stressing that a consensual president shouldn't be affiliated in either the March 8 or 14 alliances.

Aoun continuously said that he will not announce his candidacy for the presidency if there was no political consensus on him.

Sources, however, told the daily that al-Faisal's stance doesn't necessarily reflect the kingdom's stand as Saudi Arabia welcomes the rapprochement between al-Mustaqbal leader Saad Hariri and Aoun.

For his part, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri said in comments published in al-Liwaa that the “kingdom doesn't interfere in a Lebanese local affair.”

“The Lebanese should act and we hope that a consensual president, who adopts the Baabda declaration and dissociation policy, would be elected.”

The diplomat continuously denied that his country is intervening in local Lebanese affairs, ruling out any contacts between Riyadh and Hariri regarding the presidential poll.



Comments 15
Thumb general_puppet 20 May 2014, 09:11

Karin, how can you say such a thing when it is Pajama boy who is begging for KSA's Blessing?

Thumb ex-fpm 20 May 2014, 09:34

karim must have a permanent office at the iranian embassy or he is a full time employee

Thumb general_puppet 20 May 2014, 09:12

Nasrallah = made by Iranian Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi,

Missing patriot10 20 May 2014, 09:24

Karim When they barrel bomb and kill there own people suleiman will take a stance.
Why are you not in syria giving youe life karim ?

Default-user-icon Lombako Jazdir (Guest) 20 May 2014, 09:35

7orriyeh. siyedeh. este2lel. Made in Lebanon, alright. March 14, are you there? Hello? Sweet coma, Mutes 14.

Default-user-icon Truth_hurts (Guest) 20 May 2014, 09:39

GMA is a general by name only, he lacks the strategic and tactical mind of a basic military commander...he is only good for showoff ..

Let's refresh our memory about his past achievements

Missing forces 20 May 2014, 12:19

Truth he lacks above all one simple trait of a true leader that is integrity.

Thumb thepatriot 20 May 2014, 09:45

I hate Michel Aoun but honestly..."he refuses to adopt the candidacy of Aoun"... wtf! Mind you own business!

Thumb thepatriot 20 May 2014, 11:32

Irrelevant... my point is that I am tired of third parties meddling in our affairs...

Thumb geha 20 May 2014, 11:12

our problem is that we are unable to make a decision:
- MPs wait for external instructions to vote, and that on both sides.

However this reinforces my previous assessment: non of the 4 will be president as they are all too polarized. but that does not mean that kahjwaji is suitable :) his history of executing hizbushaitan orders does not make him a viable choice.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 20 May 2014, 11:19

soon you will join Bandar

Missing forces 20 May 2014, 12:18

Not very accurate roro said otherwise.

Thumb -phoenix1 20 May 2014, 12:40

(1). The honorable Saudi FM is not alone in having this feeling, the majority of sane-thinking citizens feel exactly the same. If Aoun (wlak Alf la sma7allah) takes this post, wlak he will destroy and distort both the post and the nation well beyond any recognition. He will sell what's left of Lebanon, starting by selling Christian lands to the Shiite. I am truly sorry, I am not sectarian, but selling our lands is a Red Line. Our presidency will become a monumental joke occupied by a chameleon who has no problems changing his principles anytime it suits him.

Missing servant-of-jesus 20 May 2014, 14:21

with all respect Mr. Saudi FM,
who we elect is none of your business.
the same goes for you Iran FM and US FM and all the FMs in the world.
We want a president by the people and for the people, not by x or y or z, and for whatever political deal the big powers are scheming.

Thumb cedre 20 May 2014, 17:23

'Informed Lebanese sources told As Safir newspaper'

that means BS...