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Report: Mustaqbal-LF Turn New Leaf, Aim to Restore Confidence in New Government

A new leaf in relations has been turned over between the Lebanese Forces and al-Mustaqbal Movement following the Geagea-Hariri meeting at the latter’s residence early this week, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

LF sources told the daily, “the meeting between LF chief Samir Geagea and Mustaqbal head PM Saad Hariri has turned the page on previous differences and opened a new leaf based on a joint alliance”

Adding, that the parliamentary elections have “formed a dividing line between the previous and next stage,” assuring that talks between the two men “did not touch on contentious issues that may have started well before Hariri’s resignation.”

The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, emphasized that “Geagea went directly to explaining his vision for the new phase, stressing the need to restore confidence in the new government.”

After around eight months of strained ties, Geagea met Hariri on Tuesday at the Center House, a move perceived as an attempt to repair relations between the two men following Hariri’s resignation from Riyadh.

Some Mustaqbal officials accused the LF of encouraging Saudi leaders to press Hariri to resign in November.

The row was also linked to Geagea's statement following Hariri's shock resignation from Saudi Arabia that the premier should have resigned earlier and that "no self-respecting person would stay in the government after all the events of the past few months."

Source: Naharnet


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