Gemayel Hails 'Excellent' Talks with Aoun, Says Circumstances Compel Meeting

Kataeb party MP Sami Gemayel held talks on Wednesday with Free Patriotic Movement chief Michel Aoun, a day after meeting with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

Gemayel described his meeting with Aoun as “excellent,” pointing out that the circumstances compelled him to head to Rabieh.

“If we don't meet during these circumstances, then when will we?” Gemayel wondered.

The MP revealed that he tried to convince Aoun to attend Wednesday's parliamentary session, which is set to elect a new head of state, but “he (Aoun) refused.”

Lebanon has been without a president since May when the term of Michel Suleiman ended.

Hizbullah and Aoun's Change and Reform bloc have been boycotting electoral sessions at parliament due to a disagreement with the March 14 camp over a compromise presidential candidate.

Geagea, a presidential candidate, had previously accused them of adopting such measures in to order to blackmail political blocs into electing Aoun as president.

Gemayel discussed on Tuesday with Geagea the latest developments in Lebanon and the ongoing presidential vacuum.

The Kataeb MP slammed the expected extension of the parliament's term as “unacceptable.”

Last week, Gemayel accompanied Geagea to Saudi Arabia for separate meetings with senior Saudi officials and al-Mustaqbal leader Saad Hariri.



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