Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, right, receives LF leader Samir Geagea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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After meeting Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea in Riyadh Monday, a high-ranking Saudi official called for the swift election of a new president in Lebanon, according to a statement issued by Geagea's office.An LF source confirmed that Geagea would meet with Hariri to discuss, among other things, the presidential deadlock. Hariri has called for the election of a consensus president as the only way to break the deadlock. Geagea's 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.It also coincided with attempts to launch a long-awaited dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah with the aim of facilitating the election of a president and defusing sectarian tensions fueled by the war in Syria. On the eve of his Saudi visit, Geagea sounded pessimistic about electing a president in the near future.
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