Baabda Sources: No Mediation between Suleiman, Aoun

There are no mediation efforts between President Michel Suleiman and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun who has created controversy after verbally attacking the head of state and several cabinet ministers, Baabda sources told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.

The sources called for calm before any steps to reconcile the two officials.

"President Suleiman didn't directly respond to Aoun. He didn't mention him in his statement," they said. "All what he (Suleiman) sought for was dialogue because it is the only solution to solve differences in view points."

When asked about reports that Aoun was mulling to boycott national dialogue sessions at Baabda palace, the sources told the newspaper that the presidency hasn't been officially informed yet about such a decision.

Sources close to Suleiman told pan-Arab daily al-Hayat that Aoun launched a vehement attack on the president because the FPM chief blames Suleiman for the "losses he suffered at the level of his leadership" of the movement.

Aoun's frustration goes back to the stage of the municipal elections when several municipal chiefs were elected although the MP had fought them, the sources said.

Aoun's anger turned into rage when Suleiman met with two FPM officials who had fallen out of the movement, they told al-Hayat. The officials are former Minister Issam Abu Jamra and Youssef Saad al-Khoury.

"However, the president does not care about Aoun's anger," the sources added.

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