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Abu Faour meeting with Hariri in Morocco

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour attends a ceremony in Baabda, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour traveled to Morocco for talks with Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a political source told The Daily Star on Friday.

The talks are aimed at preparing for a meeting between Hariri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt next week, the source added.

Abu Faour – a close aide to Jumblatt - is also carrying "ideas" on how to end presidential election deadlock that he had discussed with Speaker Nabih Berri before flying out. The source would not elaborate on the ideas.

Earlier this week, Jumblatt told Al-Arabiya TV that he would inform Hariri that he would vote for neither Samir Geagea nor Michel Aoun for the presidency.

Jumblatt said he backed the election of a strong head of state rather than a strong Christian president.

“It’s irrelevant if the new president is strong within his sect,” Jumblatt told state-run Tele Liban in another interview this week. “What’s important is for any new president to hold dialogue with various groups and set the basis for a strong state.”

Lebanon has been without a president since May 25, when the term of President Michel Sleiman expired.





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