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Change and Reform: Regional Developments Prove FPM Worked for Lebanon's Interest

The Change and Reform bloc declared on Tuesday that the region's latest troubled developments prove that the Free Patriotic Movement's stances aimed at protecting Lebanon.

"We are all witnessing extremism in Iraq and the acts of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and when we look back at some of (FPM leader) General (Michel) Aoun's statements in 2006, we note that he warned of the region's dangerous situation and of the Sunni-Shiite strife,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting.

He continued: “It is necessary for us as a parliamentary bloc to point out the openness inside Lebanon, and to those who are asking what General Aoun is doing we tell them to go back to his statements years ago as the accord (with Hizbullah) back then and later the dialogue with al-Mustaqbal Movement all aimed at protecting Lebanon.”

“Time after time the developments in the region prove that what we are doing is in Lebanon's interest and we have been crucified more than once,” he stated.

Kanaan refused to share with reporters more of what was discussed during the lawmakers' talks, noting that Aoun will cover other issues during an interview on OTV on Tuesday night.

“It is in the interest of all Lebanese and of all concerned parties to listen to General Aoun tonight, and hopefully his interview will have a positive impact,” the MP considered.

Regarding the highly contentious new wage scale, Kanaan expressed that the bloc is not particularly “optimistic” in this regard.

"But we said there is an attempt to reduce misunderstandings between blocs and put all numbers in the hands of the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

“We will hold talks for two days before the parliamentary session,” he revealed.

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