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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 2, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

Al-Joumhouria

Hariri had promised to make Aoun president after Sleiman’s extension

Sources following up on political contacts between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun told Al-Joumhouria that Hariri had suggested a six-month or one year extension of former President Michel Sleiman’s term in return for appointing Brig. Gen. Shamel Roukoz Lebanese Army Commander and a royal Saudi pledge to elect Aoun after the expiry of Sleiman’s tenure.

Meanwhile, a security source told Al-Joumhouria that information available to security authorities states that car bombs or motorcycles or perhaps suicide bombers are likely to slip into the entrances to sites guarded by security forces.

Al-Akhbar

Jumblatt did not receive royal blessings to meet Saudi King

Well-informed sources told Al-Akhbar that Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt did not yet receive royal blessings that would allow him to meet Saudi King Abdullah.

The sources said Jumblatt’s keenness to maintain “strong ties” with Hezbollah has bothered Al-Saud. Likewise, Saudi Arabia's pampering of Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has drew Jumblatt’s ire.

An-Nahar

U.S. talks to pick up momentum in September

March 14 met to evaluate their position

Political circles following up on the presidential election crisis have learned from sources in Washington that the U.S. administration plans to evaluate the failure of its diplomacy in dealing with the Lebanese presidential election.

The sources said that political contacts between the U.S. and Lebanon will be activated in September.

Meanwhile, the March 14 coalition met Tuesday to evaluate their position on the eve of a new legislative session to elect a head of state.

March 14 MPs will take part in Wednesday’s voting session, despite knowing that it is doomed to fail just like all the previous sessions since April.

 

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Summary

Sources following up on political contacts between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun told Al-Joumhouria that Hariri had suggested a six-month or one year extension of former President Michel Sleiman's term in return for appointing Brig.

Well-informed sources told Al-Akhbar that Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt did not yet receive royal blessings that would allow him to meet Saudi King Abdullah.

The sources said that political contacts between the U.S. and Lebanon will be activated in September.


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