Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi revealed Thursday that the Vatican is exerting major efforts to end the presidential vacuum in Lebanon, as he hailed the recent rapprochement between Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

“The Vatican spares no chance or effort with all countries for the sake of the election of a new president in Lebanon,” al-Rahi said at Beirut’s airport upon his return from Rome.

Media reports said in recent days that the patriarch’s return will give a new impetus to talks on the presidential crisis, noting that he will try to launch a dynamism that may take the form of a broad Christian meeting or an invitation for the four Maronite leaders to meet once again in Bkirki.