Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, right, receives LF leader Samir Geagea, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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Saudi Arabia is seeking with its allies in Lebanon and abroad to create a conducive climate for the election of a consensus president who can gain the support of not only the major Christian parties, but also all national stakeholders, sources familiar with the presidential vote efforts said.Political sources noted Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea's visits to Saudi Arabia whenever Lebanon stood at an internal crossroads.Geagea's Saudi trip this time is likely to have a direct impact on the impasse, especially since Saudi officials reiterated during their meetings that the failure of Christian leaders to agree on a candidate stood in the way of filling the country's top Christian post, the sources said.Sources familiar with Geagea's relations with Saudi Arabia said Riyadh has said it is eager to see the top Christian leaders agree on a solution that will lead to the election of a president as soon as possible, given the negative repercussions on the domestic Lebanese situation.
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