Report: KSA still against French-proposed deal after Paris talks

No joint statement was issued after the French-Saudi meeting on Lebanon that was held Friday in Paris, but leaks about the general vision of the two parties regarding the presidential crisis have emerged, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Saturday.

“The French are trying to benefit from the Saudi-Iranian agreement to pass the settlement that they had previously proposed, but the Saudi stance is still negative,” the daily said.

Saudi Arabia is “still rejecting the principle of bargaining between the presidency and the premiership and the possibility of the election as presidency of Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh,” al-Akhbar added.

“Prior to its departure to Paris, the Riyadh delegation had returned to raising specific standards and specifications and to talking about reforms,” the newspaper quoted informed sources as saying.

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