File - LF leader Samir Geagea speaks during a news conference in Maarab, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea traveled to Saudi Arabia Sunday on an official visit for talks with senior Saudi officials likely to center on the 6-month-old presidential stalemate.The visit comes as efforts have been stepped up to arrange a meeting between Geagea, the March 14-backed presidential candidate, and his arch political foe, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, who is backed by the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition for the presidency.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged the four rival Maronite leaders – Aoun, Geagea, Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel and Marada Movement chief MP Sleiman Frangieh – to make sacrifices to facilitate the election of a successor to former President Michel Sleiman.MPs from the LF and FPM said efforts were underway to bring Geagea and Aoun together soon.LF MP Antoine Zahra said a meeting between Geagea and Aoun might take place at any moment.
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