Geagea meets Bukhari, says ready to present presidential program to opposition


Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Tuesday held talks in Maarab with Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Walid Bukhari, who has launched a series of meetings with Lebanese leaders.

“The focus was on the various aspects of the Lebanese crisis and the current situation, especially that the essence of this crisis’ solution is the presidential election,” Geagea said after the meeting.

Asked whether Saudi Arabia prefers him for the presidential post, Geagea said: “No, and we have not tackled names in any way whatsoever. And honestly, they have never mentioned names and we haven’t as well.”

“But what we discussed was the needed characteristics, seeing as naturally they will not accept to deal with a president who leans to corruption or bolsters the no-state at the expense of the state,” the LF leader added.

Asked about MP Najat Saliba’s statement that she is waiting for Samir Geagea’s presidential platform, Geagea said: “If the majority of opposition MPs ask me to prepare a presidential program, I do not mind this, although it has been clear for the past 15 years. However, I have no problem to present it again if the majority of opposition MPs want so.”