Report: Shea tells Berri US not opposed to Franjieh election

Speaker Nabih Berri has recently asked U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea whether her country is against the election as president of Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh, a media report said.

“Why would we want to be against him and what if he gets elected?” al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Shea as telling Berri during the Ain el-Tineh meeting.

The daily also noted that Shea and her French countrepart Anne Grillo had repeatedly told Lebanese officials that their governments have no candidates for the Lebanese presidency and that they do not intend to engage in nominations.

“They also said that the U.S. and French governments are confident that no president elected in Lebanon would be hostile to them so that they take a negative stance on any of those whose names are being circulated,” the newspaper added.

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