Abou Faour hopes Hariri’s return
will expedite new presidency

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour. (AFP PHOTO)

BEIRUT – Health Minister Wael Abou Faour voiced his hope that the return of Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri will accelerate an agreement to break the political deadlock preventing the election of a new president.


“The courageous return of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is a positive step that could likely lead to a national compromise regarding the presidential elections and other pending issues,” the National News Agency reported Abou Faour as saying Friday.

The Minister lauded Hariri's return to a turbulent Lebanon, calling him a political leader and “vital partner” in the salvation of the state.

“This return aims to protect and preserve the logic of moderation and partnership. It opens new horizons to dialogue that can lead not only to the election of a new president, but also to reviving political cooperation.”


Hariri made a surprise return to Lebanon on Friday from Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, where days before he gave a press conference touting the new $1 billion grant from Riyadh to Lebanon’s army to fight Islamists.


Upon his arrival in Lebanon’s capital, Hariri traveled to his father’s tomb in Downtown Beirut, after which he headed to the Grand Serail, where he met with Prime Minister Tammam Salam.


During their hour-long meeting, the two leaders discussed the latest security developments in Arsal, where Syrian militants launched a four day-assault which left at least 15 Lebanese soldiers dead, before withdrawing with hostages on Thursday.


Hariri, who is acting as the point man on the Saudi military grant, agreed with Salam to complete discussions of executive procedures regarding the aid within the necessary legal framework.

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour. (AFP PHOTO)

This return aims to protect and preserve the logic of moderation and partnership.