Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, meets Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Rome, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
BEIRUT: Cardinal Beshara Rai and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri agreed on the need to hold serious consultations to elect a president on time, the National News Agency reported Friday.
Hariri and Rai, who spoke Thursday evening by phone, concluded that the period leading up to the second electoral Parliamentary session should be a time for “serious and responsible consultations over the presidential election.”
They also called for “holding the election by the constitutional deadline and as soon as possible out of keenness to preserve stability and democracy in Lebanon,” the NNA report said.
Hariri and Rai agreed that “the Lebanese people deserve to have a president that meets its aspirations and is capable of fulfilling Lebanon’s role regionally and internationally.”
Rai held talks Thursday with Speaker Nabih Berri in the latter’s Ain al-Tineh residence before heading to Rome.
The cardinal thanked Berri for convening the first session to elect a new president. The session earlier this week was attended by 124 out of 128 lawmakers but none of the candidates emerged victorious out of it.
Berri called for another session on April 30.
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