Egyptian FM hosts top Lebanese officials, stresses concern with speedy president election

Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, hosted, during his visit in Beirut, a panel of top Lebanese officials and parties, to whom he voiced Egypt’s deep concern with electing a new president of the Lebanese republic in the nearest time possible.

The diner gathered former presidents Michel Sleiman and Amine Gemayel, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil representing House Speaker Nabih Berri, MP Michel Aoun, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Culture Minister Raymond Araiji representing MP Sleiman Frangieh, and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, with the participation of Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Badreddine Zayed.

A statement issued by the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut indicated that the wide meeting featured high on the necessity to end the presidential vacuum, “with Minister Shukri stressing on Egypt’s deep concern with election a president of the Lebanese republic who the Lebanese agree upon, in the nearest time possible.”

The statement added that Minister Shukri linked the president election to activating the state institutions, as well as to protecting Lebanon from jeopardies resulting from regional unrest.

The Egyptian official also reportedly highly praised the ongoing dialogue among the different Lebanese political parties, reiterating his country’s readiness to provide all kinds of support “to secure the success” of dialogue.

The statement indicated that tonight’s meeting was held based upon “the solid relations which have always existed between Egypt and Lebanon on both the official and popular levels. It is also to confirm Egypt’s permanent determination to communicate and deliberate with all the Lebanese components.”

Source: National News Agency