Sleiman: Any dialogue that ends with election of President is necessary, welcome
Tue 09 Dec 2014 at 12:46
NNA – Former President Michel Sleiman confirmed on Tuesday that the election of a President of the Republic is a key solution to the crisis in Lebanon “which has turned into a vicious circle under the presidential vacuum.”
Sleiman stressed during his meeting with the Head of the French Foreign Ministry’s Middle East and North Africa Departments Jean-Francois Girault and French Ambassador Patrice Paoli, “the need for the completion of the presidential elections before anything else,” adding that “any dialogue that ends with the election of a president is necessary and welcome.”
Sleiman also thanked France for its keenness on the interests of Lebanon proved by its support for the Lebanese Army which keeps making sacrifices in the face of terrorism, and by its emphasis on the importance of the Baabda Declaration.
The former President followed up on the political, social and security situations with Deputy Speaker Farid Makari, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Samir Moqbel, Public Health Minister Wael Bou Faour and the leader of the international emergency forces operating in southern Lebanon, Major General Luciano Portolano, noting that “economic security and food safety have equal importance with the political security,” stressing the need for consensus within the parliamentary committees on a fair electoral law.
Sleiman asserted that “the file of the military hostages imposed itself as major item that needs urgent solution. Therefore, we need governmental solidarity to retrieve the abducted military elements away from media outbids.”