Jordan's king agrees to assist Lebanese in presidential elections

Published February 11th, 2015 - 08:00 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah is ready to assist Lebanon in finding a solution to the country's presidential vacuum and is willing to help in boosting the capabilities of the country’s security forces, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Wednesday.

“The Jordanian monarch has expressed his readiness to help in the matter of Lebanese presidential elections through his international calls and his anticipated European tour,” Machnouk said after meeting Abdullah in Amman.

Lebanon has been without president since May 2014, when President Michel Sleiman left the office at the end of his term.

Thus far, all attempts to mediate a deal for a new president have failed.

March 8 bloc supports MP Michel Aoun for the post, while March 14’s official candidate is Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea.

The two Christian leaders are expected to engage in a direct dialogue soon, and their representatives have been discussing what should be on the meeting’s agenda.

Meanwhile, a dialogue is ongoing between the two major Muslim parties, the Future Movement and Hezbollah. The talks are also expected to discuss presidential elections.

In addition to assisting in presidential elections, Machnouk said that the Jordanian king has also expressed his readiness to provide "moral and financial" support to boost the capabilities of Lebanese security forces.

This aid, according to the interior minister, would include training Lebanese security forces and providing them with the necessary equipment.

Machnouk revealed that Lebanon has already started to receive military aid donated by Jordan and said that a ceremony announcing their arrival would be held in Beirut soon.

In further show of unity, Machnouk said that Lebanese and Jordanian security forces are moving towards increased cooperation, in terms of security and intelligence.

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