Aoun receives Rai in Baabda, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has requested to meet with Prime Minister Saad Hariri during a planned visit to Saudi Arabia next week, a presidential source told The Daily Star Thursday.Meanwhile, Rai discussed recent developments surrounding the current political crisis with President Michel Aoun Thursday, a statement from Baabda Palace reported, though Rai did not make a statement upon leaving the meeting.For the second time in a week, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk met with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian to discuss Hariri's resignation and the political situation. Minister for the Displaced Talal Arslan also headed a delegation of the Lebanese Democratic Party to meet with Derian.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim and retired Gen. Chamel Roukoz also met with Derian late Thursday.
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