Geagea Travels on Work Trip Including Saudi Arabia, France

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Lebanese Forces leader and presidential hopeful Samir Geagea traveled on Friday on a work trip, the party said in a press release.

Geagea's destination wasn't formally revealed but sources close to LF told LBCI that the Christian leader traveled on an Arab and European tour.

The sources said that the visit was planned around a week ago and includes France and Saudi Arabia.

Deputy LF leader MP George Adwan told MTV that Geagea will not discuss during his tour the identity of the upcoming head of state.

He pointed out that Geagea's visit could include contacts with allies and Lebanese officials to facilitate the presidential polls.

“The president should be made in Lebanon,” Adwan added.

On Thursday, Geagea held the March 8 Christians responsible for the delay in electing a new president after Thursday's parliamentary session faced the similar fate of its predecessor.

The first presidential elections session was held on April 23, but neither Geagea nor Democratic Gathering MP Henri Helou garnered the necessary 86 votes to emerge victorious.

Two other sessions were supposed to be held, but they failed over lack of quorum after a March 8 camp boycott on the ongoing disagreement over a candidate.

By law, if no president has been chosen by the last 10 days of the incumbent's mandate, parliament cannot meet for legislative sessions except to elect a new president.



Comments 47
Thumb sophia_angle 16 May 2014, 11:59

great they found him a job marvelous!

Thumb ice-man 16 May 2014, 21:11

Hakim w ' basssssssssss

Thumb chrisrushlau 17 May 2014, 00:11

Why can't they send him his money? Why does he have to come collect it in person?

Thumb habib 16 May 2014, 12:19

Allah Ye7mik

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 12:25

Southern let's play this logically, Geagea is allied with Hariri for the moment, Hariri is backed by Saudi and France, therefore Geagea has to take that into consideration of course. Aoun is allied with HA for the moment, HA publicly swears allegiance to Iran and is backed by the syrian regime(and the other way around for the moment), therefore Aoun has to take that into consideration. Now that we have established that both sides have the same foreign backing, can we stop throwing the same accusation since we have established that it is a fact, on both sides?

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 15:36

They share the same objectives?? That's even more dangerous don't you think? Let's tackle HA first if Aoun shares the same objectives, what is HA objective in Lebanon according to nobody else but Nasrallah?

Thumb thepatriot 17 May 2014, 21:29

Southy... once again... you're embarrassing yourself...

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:27

Southern, me too I have concerns when a person like Geagea goes to Syria, but I also never saw you bat an eyelid when people go to Damascus or Tehran to meet with their officials there. So my question is, why question one side yet keep quiet on the other one. haven't we Lebanese learnt anything yet from our many profound flaws? Must we continue always just like this, seeing no further than our egos? The only way forward for us all is to see both sides of our coin, not just one side of it, that translates into half-baked potatoes, thus the yield remains half-baked solutions for us all.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:33

*** too I have concerns when a person like Geagea goes to the KSA...***

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:29

Bass ya Southern, nothing in life is a one-way street. If M14 goes to Riyadh, ma M8 too is going to Tehran and Damascus. We must'nt accuse or suspect one and ignore the other, wou bass.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:32

Once upon a time, a great young man was invited to the KSA. He went there but shocked them all when he was presented with a blank check an was told to write any sum he so wished on it, any sum, yet he reversed the check, drew the map of Lebanon on it with the number, 10,452 square kilometers on it, told them Saudis, this is what I want, if you want to do good, then help me return them back, all of them, for all the Lebanese. Of course, the Lebanese mafia killed him and put the blame on everyone but themselves. The mafia still rules Lebanon, a country we shall soon lose to the refugees. Soon.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 14:56

As usual ya Wolf Rear, or better known as Ibinbatrakrahi your mama that is, what I know is your predicament, that as soon as my caravans pass through your village, you know, as camels pass, they have that tendency to drop something not so socially acceptable. But I realized that as soon as we pass, you and your entire household are there to make a living. That to me is a comforting thought, knowing that a divorced Mom can feed her flies. Promiscuity is an expensive business ya Wolf Rear and Mama owes her existence as her babies to my camels and cows.

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 20:36

If im not mistaken, ur guy visited sharon on a daily basis, and forced beirut mps to vote for him from inside israeli tanks, i think the saudi check woulda been good for him, it was the only time Hafez did a good job

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 12:40

Very thought provocative story phoenix, We sure need more men like the one you describe in your story, alas they seem to be a very rare breed. Having said that, are you actually saying that Lebanon will be lost to the syrian refugees flooding the country?

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:49

(1). To Politik, thanks for responding, that great guy is gone, never to come back. But the loss is that no one is here yet to even replace one of his hairs. About us on the brink of losing Lebanon to the Syrians, to be honest with you, my answer is Yes, I am deeply concerned and for good reasons. Our politicians are dirt corrupt and are playing an even dirtier game, that of demographics. The Syrians are still entering Lebanon largely unchecked, and using a protocol that should be scrapped yesterday before today, they enter Lebanon clutching bags and mattresses, go to any area they like, rent a flat they use by the dozens, find jobs, rent shops and compete with the Lebanese. The Lebanese are now leaving a bankrupt country by the droves

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:33

Alfinik, another one of mama Bani Maarouf's flies, now posting as Ibinbatrakrahi, my camels have just gone past your village. As I told your other sibling Wolf Rear, camels are not known for ethics, when they pass by a village, they tend to drop things not so socially acceptable. But the comforting thought is that it does feed some families, yours included, so go now and feast yourself before your siblings finish your part. Please call your other one, profile, I know he pops out only on Fridays. As you eat, don't forget to say a word of thanks to my camels without whom you'd starve.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:53

(2). To Politik. The Lebanese economy is now facing its worst predicament, receiving multiple blows now. Company after company is closing down putting to the dole countless Lebanese. many Lebanese are leaving the country, quickly replaced by the Syrians. The taxpayer numbers are dwindling with every Lebanese on the dole or leaving, and a fake economy is being put in place. So a couple of years from now, who is going to pay to the Public Sector? The Syrian refugee? The Palestinian? With a ration now almost estimated to One Syrian for every Lebanese, a collapsing economy, migration, uncontrolled influx, corrupt politicians of all sides, I fear that we are edging closer and closer to the brink of total catastrophe. If the war in Syria doesn't end soon, we Lebanese are doomed.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:54


Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 12:54

Why are Lebanese people giving them jobs though? I mean it's all good and well to blame the politicians for everything but should we not at least assume our responsibilities? Who is renting them the apartments? who is giving them money? they are supposed to be refugees, refugees stay in camps directly funded by the UN until it is deemed for the return safely to their country. This is a huge issue I agree, and we can blame whoever is supporting the Assad regime for not letting it collapse and avoid this, and we can also blame whoever is supporting the other camp for thinking that a country ruled by Sunni extremists is an ideal situation. The main issue that concerns us though, who the giving these people the opportunity and taking it away from lebanese people?

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 12:56

**Sorry, typos again, A ratio now estimated at One Syrian for every two Lebanese, or about 50% of the Lebanese population...**

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 12:57

phoenix my next question is completely objective and it does not mean I endorse any side in the Syrian conflict. Do you not think that if HA did not intervene in Syria then the regime would have collapsed and we would not have this issue?

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:01

Don't worry Politik, I know what you're cutting across and I agree with you wholeheartedly. We can't always put the blame on politicians, of course, they lead in all things bad, that's a role they refuse to pass on to the people, but we the people are just as bad. We Lebanese are opportunists, always trying to make an unholy buck here and there, (we call it 7arbou2, or shatarah). If the Syrians were trying to take jobs we Lebanese don't want, then that's OK, for a while, but now they are taking the very jobs and professions that make us meet ends. We have some protocols that should be scrapped totally, and get every single refugee either in camps or back to their country. But as I said, politicians and many people eye that crazy demography as a weapon or tool against their other Lebanese siblings, it's a deadly concoction.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:13

PB, I have always been against any Lebanese side getting involved in Syria and furthermore I am convinced that all Lebanese sides that have been drawn to this war are not the major decisive factor of that war either. Russia, Iran and China are major players on the regime's side. The KSA, Qatar, Turkey and the West on those we tend to call Rebels or Syrian resistance. Personally I see the murky hand of the big boys who will make their deals at the expense of whoever they wish. What looks obvious now is that they want no side to win clean and no side to lose clean, I see a status quo taking place all drawn on the results of the combats on the ground.

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 13:15

So what you are saying is that he is better off going to Iran? Do you really think an independent president can be elected?

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 22:52

Publicly saudi arabia is a muslim country but embassies who have non muslims foreigners are allowed to do any kind of ceremony according to their culture, for those that are ignorant abt saudi, saudi has no alcohol yet they give the right for foreign embassies especially western to have alcohol and sell it to their citizens, they have a weird underground systen but one thing for sure ppl living in saudi are content i dont think u can say the same abt iran

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:09

most the lebanese i know of in saudi are maronites, who, have been there since the 70's, they prefer it over Lebanon.. please take your lies somewhere else, unless you can get facts

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:24

are the christians in Iran economically happy ? it's all about the pocket brother.

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:33

This is from your article, "The Saudi government persists in banning all forms of public religious expression other than that of the government's own interpretation of one school of Sunni Islam."
Yes publicly, you can't do sh*t not in accordance with their version of Islam, but never never did they raid an embassy or a compound.
Now, i doubt these ethiopians can afford living in compounds, so most likely they were in appartements where saudi's live, and yes ofcourse they will not tolerate it, but if it was in the ethiopian embassy, the govt would not do anything.

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:44

Thank you, that is why, and let the rest get it through their thick head, that's the saudi system, you do your stuff in private compounds or embassies, you follow the rules, ul have a happy life economically, you dont, well no one invited you in the first place and you have no purpose what so ever in being there. Foreigners are in Saudi to work, not to protest not to ask for any rights what so ever, Saudi's are content, most foreigners are also, if any1 there is not, you can take the first flight back home, no one is forcing you.

Missing peace 16 May 2014, 23:47

i would advise to this blablabla guy who pictures saudi arabia as hell but iran a paradise for minorities to go on some christian websites depicting how christians are treated in iran, how bibles are burned and sme speeches from ayatollahs depicitng christianity as the religion of satan as it is a western religion to them...and even check some iranian human rights activists reports before spilling out his well prepared hezbi propaganda...

once he d say that iran is no better than saudi arabia he could be credible until then he is just a hezbi fanatic....

Thumb Abubakr 16 May 2014, 23:54

Again, get it, through your thick skull, you have no job what so ever to go against saudi culture in their own country, nor a place to ask for your rights, This german architect shouldve never went, knowing the conditions, he has, only himself to blame.

Missing peace 17 May 2014, 00:17

well exactly what i thought... blabla is an ignorant happy to be so and does not even want to open his eyes on the iranian reality...

ok then all is said. only fanatics closed to seeing reality other than what they are told to believe act like this. no debate is possible. have a nice and shallow life...

oh! no need to answer as you will receive no anwser from me as i do not want to waste my time on preprogrammed brainwashed narrow minded people... but of course i bet you will answer as you cannot stand not to have the last word to appear all ignorants react...

Missing tanboul 16 May 2014, 13:49

politik_buro why every comment you post you ask like 2, 3 questions in it. so you are saying that you're a journalist ?

Mnee7a flamethrower, but it will get deleted very soon

Thumb cedre 16 May 2014, 13:56

Geagea should think lebanese, and let m14 choose another candidate.
He should understand he has no chance.

Missing forces 16 May 2014, 14:14

cedre that offer has already been placed on the table by Geagea but as you can clearly see the games ha are playing does not warrant giving them any such concessions as yet. I feel there is a surprise coming at the next session but unfortunately I do not have roro's crystal ball so will wait and see.

Thumb cedre 16 May 2014, 17:57

forces, i think m14 would embarass m8 by proposing people like sami, baroud or even helou. That would show to all lebanese the real deal they're getting, ie a president chosen by iran or none...

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:05

Cedre, I shared your thoughts until I got to know that Geagea is also making sure that generalissimo Aoun will not see that seat. Today Sayed Hassan got the cat out of the bag by saying that old man Aoun is his candidate. But both will develop many ulcers when they'll come to grips that Aoun will never make it even to the gates of Baabda, and that the official rubber-stamper of Hezbollah has finally lost all chances to become anything but a relic from the past.

Missing politik_buro 16 May 2014, 13:58

A journalist??? where do you come up with this bs? I'll ask what I like to ask buddy and you do the same, I feel that maybe by chaining my questions it might be easier to get my point across. Anyway, trust me, no decent journalist can take anything from the level of the conversation. tanboul habibe I'm just a Lebanese citizen that hasn't got a clue as what is going on anymore, I have a million questions, I come here to converse with all of you since none of you knows .... all anyway. This is just a place to maybe let some steam out and maybe, just maybe, one day be able to speak and listen to the other.

Thumb -phoenix1 16 May 2014, 15:09

Politik, forget this guy, it's your right to ask whatever you wish, since you joined this forum, you are one of the cleanest in approach and objectivity, a huge relief from those complete jigs that do nothing but attack those they disagree with with. To make it worse, they have a big and dirty mouth to match. Please keep posting and stay with us, the more good folks, the less bonkers on this forum.

Missing castro 16 May 2014, 15:09

Oh, there you are. I thought I lost your for a minute.

Missing national.pact 16 May 2014, 15:18

one way ticket nshalla

Thumb beiruti 16 May 2014, 15:40

I do believe that Geagea is engaged in a blocking action with his candidacy. But Aoun is holding out to the end to ensure that sleiman does not get an extension of his term, as this is the last thing wanted by Hezbollah, so Aoun is blocking Sleiman by his boycott. I think when we get to the end, to May 25 and Sleiman's mandate ends, then Aoun will change course and we'll get a president in June, after June 3.

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 May 2014, 15:47

Southern is a double standard hypocrite. He shuts up when Aoun or Bassil go to KSA but giggles like a little girl when Geagea does :)

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 May 2014, 16:08

What mess Southern ?

Is geagea responsible for Israel attacking Lebanon in 2006 ?

Is he responsible for the civil war in Syria ?

Is he responsible for the millions of refugees in Syria ?

Look in the mirror you hypocrit and pay attention because the image you will see is not what you perceive yourself to be !

And for someone that takes orders from Iran and who supports Iran calling Lebanon its frontline, SHUT UP... it's better for you !

Thumb FlameCatcher 16 May 2014, 16:37

@southern : thank you for making a fool out of yourself. Case closed. You're an idiot !

I don't even need to answer you !

Missing karim_ 16 May 2014, 19:17

Just a Saudi-Wahabi puppet going to receive orders from his Saudi masters. Not a very big deal.

Thumb ex-fpm 16 May 2014, 20:43

1 hour ago FPM sources to al-Manar: Bassil did meet Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh.