Report: Hariri Wasn't Summoned to Saudi Arabia, Gulf Delegates in Beirut to 'Bless' Aoun's Nomination

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Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri was not summoned to Saudi Arabia against the backdrop of nominating MP Michel Aoun for the presidency, but has headed to the Saudi capital to attend to the financial and administrative crises at his companies, al-Mustaqbal daily reported on Monday.

Sources close to the ex-PM told the daily that Saudi Arabia did not summon Hariri to inform him of “reservations as for his nomination of founder of the Free Patriotic Movement.”

“A Saudi envoy will visit Beirut very soon to give blessings to the initiative made by Hariri” remarked the sources on condition of anonymity.

“The Saudi position with regard to the nomination of Aoun is not negative. Hariri would not have made a declaration of support if it was not under a Saudi cover,” they added.

The daily added that after a long talk and assurance that the settlement was Lebanese par excellence, the sources pointed out that there is a “Saudi-Iranian-Russian-American agreement to elect Aoun.”

“Delegates from Gulf states and Western countries might visit Lebanon in the next few days to support the Hariri-Aoun settlement,” they added.

Aoun was tipped to become president after Hariri formally endorsed his nomination on Thursday.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Hariri had launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Hizbullah's ally and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid have argued that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.

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Default-user-icon sophia-angles (Guest) 24 October 2016, 09:03

With Aoun's good looks and Hariri's brains, Lebanon will be more advanced than Switzerland and the best country in the Middle East after the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Default-user-icon the_roar from Brasil (Guest) 24 October 2016, 09:05

Saudi Arabia and Hariri are the only two super powers working for Lebanon interests at the moment. The rest......pfffft.

Thumb galaxy 24 October 2016, 17:55

وكالة إيرانية: الخليج يتقدم علميا علينا وهذا ذنب كبير

ذكر تقرير "تسنيم" أنه بالرغم من تأكيد مساعد رئيس الجمهورية في شؤون العلوم والتقنية "سورنا ستاري" ووزير العلوم "فرهادي" على تقدم إيران في قائمة الابتكار العملي إلا أن التقارير التي تنشرها مؤسسات دولية رسمية تكشف عن تدني رتبة إيران، مقارنة بكل من السعودية والإمارات وتركيا وماليزيا وقطر والكويت وعمان وأرمينيا، ولكنها تتقدم على كينيا بمرتبتين فقط.وكالة-إيرانية-الخليج-يتقدم-علميا-علينا-وهذا-ذنب-كبير.html

Default-user-icon flamethrower (Guest) 24 October 2016, 09:06

I always said that Hariri is a good honest man and is Lebanese first and foremost.

Default-user-icon kazan (Guest) 24 October 2016, 09:06

Democracy in Lebanon has a different translation. 5 to 6 (mafia) families decide on :(who , what, why, when and how ) Lebanon and Lebanese will be ruled.
One should admit, they do it thoroughly by taking time ( years) consulting each other.
For them that is democracy. But Lebanese people are not stupid , on the contrary! they found a solution, gradually they are leaving the country, they started ages ago......the poor and simple minded ones remain.

Missing humble 24 October 2016, 09:14

Historical mistake that will highly regretted

Missing humble 24 October 2016, 10:31

Nader and Ghattas are incompetent people

Missing humble 24 October 2016, 10:33

Same for Geagea who surrounded himself by the Riachi climber...

Thumb Southern...... 24 October 2016, 11:30

“A Saudi envoy will visit Beirut very soon to give blessings": don't let them in, they are like the zionists, they only carry strife, disputes, crimes, terrorism and wars, it's in their blood.

btw, we all know that Hariri and most of his clan are of origen Saudi, but one have to be loyal to the country that gave them refuge and not to allow interference... shameful.

@terrorist : Yes, failed in all aspects like you.

@humble: do you watch Israeli TV like your friend!?

Default-user-icon illiterate Southern (Guest) 24 October 2016, 11:49

I plead with you to never stop posting. Your message to humanity is needed and required even though you are not aware of it.

Default-user-icon Georges Kesrouani (Guest) 24 October 2016, 13:58

I'm excited by this! Lebanon's first political president in a long time.

Thumb galaxy 24 October 2016, 17:56

sounds like you have a chip on your shoulder.