Geagea Meets Hariri in Paris as Jumblat Flies to French Capital

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Lebanese Forces leader and presidential candidate Samir Geagea held talks Sunday with al-Mustaqbal movement chief MP Saad Hariri in the French capital Paris, amid a flurry of political talks over the stalled presidential vote.

“Ex-PM Hariri is currently meeting Geagea over a lunch banquet in Paris,” Hariri's mouthpiece Future TV announced in the afternoon.

Later on Sunday, Hariri's press office said head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora attended the talks, which continued into the evening.

“The meeting tackled the general situations in the country, especially the pressing issue of the presidential election,” a statement issued by Hariri's office said.

“The viewpoints were identical regarding the need to hold the presidential vote within the constitutional deadline, to reject vacuum and to make all possible and needed efforts and contacts to prevent it,” it added.

The two leaders also stressed the need that “all MPs take part in electoral sessions.”

Meanwhile, LBCI television said the meeting became tense “when Geagea proposed holding the election with a one-half plus one quorum, the thing that was rejected by Hariri.”

“They agreed to hold another meeting,” LBCI added.

It said political talks will continue in Paris “beyond the May 22 electoral session, although Hariri will travel tomorrow to Riyadh to take part in a dinner banquet in honor of (Prime Minister Tammam) Salam.”

On Saturday, An Nahar newspaper said Geagea had met Hariri on Friday as al-Akhbar daily quoted informed sources as saying that Geagea's trip to Paris took place at France's behest in order to discuss the elections and his position on several political and economic affairs, most notably Lebanon's oil wealth.

Two other presidential candidates, who were not named, had also visited France prior to Geagea, the sources revealed.

Geagea embarked on an Arab and European tour on Friday that will reportedly include Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and his aide Health Minister Wael Abou Faour traveled to Paris on Sunday, according to state-run National News Agency.

According to Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3), Jumblat is expected to meet with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in the French capital.

Parliament has so far failed to elect a new president over differences between the March 8 and 14 alliances.

Most of the March 8 camp's MPs have boycotted four rounds of elections over their call for an agreement on a consensual president and their rejection of the candidacy of Geagea, whose nomination was officially endorsed by the March 14 camp.

A fifth round of polls is scheduled to be held next Thursday, two days before the expiry of President Michel Suleiman's six-year tenure, amid fears that the continued deadlock will plunge the country into a state of total political vacuum.


Comments 24
Thumb EagleDawn 18 May 2014, 16:35

Rough estimates indicate he emptied the jounieh central bank and gold worth in those days over 100 million dollars.

Thumb ex-fpm 18 May 2014, 17:05

lol flamethrower, so aoun cannot afford to buy a house, hehehe!

Thumb general_puppet 18 May 2014, 19:46

The Lunatic Aoun does not need any "stinking agreement". It say's so in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Thumb amatoury114 18 May 2014, 20:37

renting maheik from sehnaoui who he wants to be minister all the that the arrangement give me ur villa i make u minister ??

Thumb ex-fpm 18 May 2014, 17:06

did either of these two insult you? you are amazing!

Missing people-power 18 May 2014, 17:07

Aoun stole at least $58 million from the Lebanese treasury during his short time in power. He was forced to return $33 million from his local bank accounts, but another $25 million was transferred to overseas accounts, and was not returned to the government.

Here's a tidbit from Christian Science Monitor from 1990:

"Since his overthrow, the (Lebanese) government has confiscated nearly $33 million from Aoun's local bank accounts. It is trying to retrieve a further $25 million of what it says are public funds diverted overseas"

Missing peace 18 May 2014, 18:23

just like your lover boy never used his so-called proofs of corruption by M14 people, never brought them to justice despite the "evidence" he claimed to have... if ever he did so he would also be caught and trialed! ...

good try in defending your pimp but as usual pathetic....

Missing peace 18 May 2014, 19:01

well if his evidence was so irrefutable how come no trials ever occured? LOL no one ever used it! he just wrote a book but does not seem very convinced by it as he hasn't seized the justice when his friends were in power! LOL ...

so FT the frustrated aoun loverboy stop your BS you are just making a fool of yourself as usual...

and my condoleances for the loss of your air defence chief....

Thumb ex-fpm 18 May 2014, 20:08

wasn't the ministry of justice part of aoun's portfolio for the last 3 years?

Missing peace 19 May 2014, 00:17

ya ibn... let that FPM thingie FT rant all he wants to defend his pimp... the fact is aoun barks a lot to fight corruption but when he claims to have evidence he did not even do a thing when his friends were in charge....

he does not seem to fight corruption very hard, just in words so that things like FT believe him and bark... but aoun cannot do a thing it is bad for his business! LOL

Thumb cedre 18 May 2014, 17:22

nice beard saad...

Thumb general_puppet 18 May 2014, 19:43

Maybe the Rat king can join them in Parris, I think the French sewer system would be a nice change of scenery for Nasrallah. I forgot the French do not give entry visa's to terrorist.

Missing moonsear 18 May 2014, 20:07

By reading this article I'm under the impression that Paris and Riyadh are two of Beirut's suburbs

Thumb EagleDawn 18 May 2014, 20:16

comment of the month!

Thumb cedre 19 May 2014, 00:29

southern, have some manners and leave people's parents in peace...
Btw afghans have more honour and courage than u...

Thumb cedre 19 May 2014, 00:32

but u tell all the time he's a wahabi and takfiri, so he needs a beard, mou heik ?

Missing ghassen 19 May 2014, 02:27

I hope he is becoming religious but you guys have been saying all along that he is a wahhabi so what do you mean "becoming" religious? If he was wahhabi then he would already have been religious. Just a proof of how your accusations are lies and you know them to be lies while uttering them. Taqiya soldiers.

Thumb freedomarch 19 May 2014, 03:29


Default-user-icon Taleb (Guest) 19 May 2014, 02:32

It is about time that a non "Maronite" Christian be elected and open the seat to all Christians to become president.

If the Maronite community can not get their 'house' in order and continue to quarrel over petty issues that are NOT in the interest of a greater Lebanon, then time has come to elect a stand-alone Christian!

Thumb popeye 19 May 2014, 12:11

I await the day when I will read ONE meaningful post, ONE counter argument, ONE credible or mature info from you, -...flamethrower...- , but alas!

Thumb freedomarch 19 May 2014, 03:05

Just like a crush, Mahdoum.

Thumb freedomarch 19 May 2014, 03:23

I think abou ali
One for abou ali

Missing peace 19 May 2014, 14:39

that is the typical comment of a failed brain... believing you are above the others... well then go and post on elmanar the site of the divine people!

poor thing...always playing the victim like a poor frustrated girl you are...

Thumb popeye 19 May 2014, 14:48

I await the day when I will read ONE meaningful post, ONE counter argument, ONE credible or mature info from you, flamethrower-- , but alas!