Gemayel, Hariri meet in Saudi , agree to unite opposition


Former Lebanese president and current Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel met former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia and agreed “to unite the opposition, ” Kuwaiti As-Seyassah newspaper reported on Wednesday

As-Seyassah added that the two men had the same vision when it comes to the future of Lebanon and the region, and also agreed on coordinating their parties’ efforts to pressure the cabinet to approve funding of the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

As-Seyassah also reported that the two leaders praised the role of Saudi Arabia in supporting Lebanon by protecting civil peace and the country’s institutions.

The two leaders also agreed to coordinate their parties’ attempts to bring down PM Najib Mikati’s cabinet, the daily reported.

Gemayel, accompanied by his son Sami are on an official visit in Saudi Arabia where they met with several key Saudi officials and Hariri, who is currently residing in the Kingdom.

The tribunal was created by a 2007 UN Security Council resolution, at Lebanon’s request, to try those responsible for former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination ( Saad’s father) . He was killed in a suicide car bombing on February 14, 2005.

The Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition which dominate Lebanon’s cabinet has opposed a clause in the Lebanese annual state budget pertaining to the funding of the tribunal.

Lebanon is required to contribute 49 % STL’s annual budget

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL in Hariri’s murder. However, the Shiite group strongly denied the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL in the 2005 assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the court.