BEIRUT: The former head of Saudi intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan called Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea Friday, to express his condolences over the death of the latter’s father.
Prince Bandar had resigned earlier this year from his intelligence post “at his own request,” according to the Saudi authorities.
A former ambassador to the United States, Bandar is widely regarded as one of the most influential powerbrokers in the Middle East.
Media run by the Syrian regime and its allies in Lebanon have repeatedly lashed out at Bandar, accusing him of supporting radical Sunni Islamists in Syria.
Geagea also called Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh showing appreciation to the letter of condolence the altter had sent Friday.
Friday June 13, marked the 36 years since the assassination of Frangieh’s brother Tony.
The latter was the creator of the Marada Brigades militia before the Lebanese civil war. A raid by militias affiliated with the Kataeb Party in 1978 on his house in Zghorta left him, his family and his guards dead.
Then a militia leader, Geagea was accused of performing the offense, but he had denied responsibility on different occasions.