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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – May 15, 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.

An-Nahar

Bassil meets Hariri in Saudi Arabia

A diplomatic source told An-Nahar that a follow-up meeting on the presidential election issue took place in Saudi Arabia between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

The source said the Free Patriotic Movement was still pushing to convince Hariri to support its leader Michel Aoun as a consensus president.

The source said that while Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri cites the FPM as saying progress has been made in this regard, Berri has not heard Hariri speak of any progress.

Ad-Diyar

Presidential vacuum until September

Well-informed political sources said it was wrong to be overly optimistic on recent efforts to improve ties between Riyadh and Tehran.

The sources said positive signs would only emerge after the Iraqi elections, the outcome of which would determine the course of the relationship between Iran and Saudi – whether positive or negative.

The sources told Ad-Diyar that a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries would likely not take place before the Iraqi elections in light of Saudi Arabia’s recent attack on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Al-Akhbar

No FPM decision to boycott Parliament in case of presidential void

Free Patriotic Movement sources told Al-Akhbar that FPM MPs were not informed of any decision to boycott legislative sessions in the event a new president was not elected by May 25.

It’s too early, the sources added.

In turn, parliamentary sources in the Democratic Gathering bloc said members of the bloc would not boycott Parliament under any circumstances.

They said they believed talks about a Christian boycott were nothing but a whisper.

Al-Mustaqbal

March 14 meet stresses Geagea for president

March 14 renewed its support for candidate Samir Geagea for president during a recent meeting of the coalition.

March 14 also stressed it would continue using the same strategy in terms of attending voting sessions while giving full support for Geagea’s candidacy.

 

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Summary

A diplomatic source told An-Nahar that a follow-up meeting on the presidential election issue took place in Saudi Arabia between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

The source said the Free Patriotic Movement was still pushing to convince Hariri to support its leader Michel Aoun as a consensus president.

The source said that while Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri cites the FPM as saying progress has been made in this regard, Berri has not heard Hariri speak of any progress.

Free Patriotic Movement sources told Al-Akhbar that FPM MPs were not informed of any decision to boycott legislative sessions in the event a new president was not elected by May 25 .


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