Saniora Meets Suleiman, Heads to Riyadh for Talks with Haririإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Al-Mustaqbal bloc leader Fouad Saniora on Saturday met with President Michel Suleiman before traveling to Saudi Arabia for a meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Saniora held talks with Suleiman at Baabda palace on Saturday morning. He then traveled to Riyadh at the head of a delegation from al-Mustaqbal movement.
Media reports have said that Saniora aims to hold talks with Hariri ahead of the April 5-6 binding consultations between Suleiman and the parliamentary blocs and independents on the name of the Prime Minister-designate.
The reports said that al-Mustaqbal along with the rest of the opposition March 14 factions are backing the formation of a neutral cabinet.
The alliance has ruled out the appointment of caretaker Premier Najib Miqati to lead such a government.
Hariri, who is also the al-Mustaqbal movement chief, headed a cabinet in 2009, until its collapse in 2011 after March 8 alliance ministers withdrew from his national unity government.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat's 12-member National Struggle Front parliamentary bloc, along with the March 8 majority led by Hizbullah, brought Miqati to the premiership.
The National News Agency said that Saniora held a telephone conversation with Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday night to express his well wishes after he underwent a minor surgery and was discharged on Saturday.