Sunday, April 12, 2015

Samir Geagea Meets al-Rahi, Says Aoun Should Change Stances to Improve Chances of Becoming President

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stated on Friday that the election of a new president lies in the hands of lawmakers, not regional powers, noting that the breakthrough in reaching an agreement over Iran's nuclear program may positively affect Lebanon.

He said after holding talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi at Bkirki: “In principle, there is nothing stopping Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun from becoming president, but we have to take into consideration his political platform.”

He added: “The Lebanese should not believe that the nuclear deal with Iran will reflect positively on us. Only the Lebanese can bring about positive developments, particularly over the presidential elections.”

“The other camp has unfortunately maintained its political positions,” continued the LF leader.

“I don't believe that the elections will be held anytime soon,” Samir Geagea told reporters, while urging the political powers to change their stances and head to the polls.

Aoun's Change and Reform and Hizbullah's Loyalty to the Resistance blocs have been boycotting the presidential elections over a dispute with the March 14 camp over a compromise candidate.

Addressing the LF dialogue with the FPM, Samir Geagea stated: “Our talks are tackling various issues.”

“We have disagreed on certain affairs, but we are trying to resolve them. We have however reached an agreement on others,” he revealed.

“We are working on the basis that a meeting with Aoun will take place at some point,” he remarked.