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Geagea Compares Relation with Aoun to 'Love Story', Says Nasrallah 'Harming Shiites, Lebanese'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced Friday that the ongoing dialogue with the Free Patriotic Movement will eventually lead to “joint political steps,” noting that Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is harming Shiites and all Lebanese through his group's intervention in Syria.

“Popular bases in Lebanon interact with their leaders and they will see how the LF-FPM dialogue will be translated into joint political steps,” said Geagea in an interview on al-Jadeed FM radio.

Asked about his relation with Aoun, Geagea answered humorously: “Every 'love story' starts with a glance and a smile before evolving into a 'date' and we're still in the 'glance-smile phase.'”

LF media officer Melhem Riachi and MP Ibrahim Kanaan of the FPM have recently started a series of meetings away from the media spotlight at the behest of both Geagea and Aoun. The talks are being held amid a protracting presidential vacuum that started with the end of Michel Suleiman's term on May 25, 2014.

The two parties have announced that they are preparing a so-called declaration of intent paper.

“30 years of accumulations are delaying things,” Geagea added.

Asked about Hizbullah, the LF leader said “a lot of issues that Sayyed Hassan is speaking of contradict with our view of Lebanon.”

“I cannot accept Hizbullah's intervention in Syria and we're at odds today because of essential differences,” added Geagea.

Addressing Nasrallah, he went on to say: “You are harming Shiites in Lebanon and harming all Lebanese through your actions.”

“All Lebanese parties must not interfere in the regional schemes so that no one practices hegemony over Lebanon,” Geagea underlined.

In response to a question about al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri, Geagea stressed that “he is free and will remain free.”

“We're still in harmony as we were before,” he noted.

Y.R.


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